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Is Morgan American sounding/Chavvy on a girl?

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hcarter8 · 06/01/2024 13:43

I'm aware that Morgan is a Welsh name but I know it was very popular for girls in the US about 25 years ago, would you assume anything if you heard it on a girl?

I prefer more modern names over traditional names and me and dh love Morgan for a girl but our family members seem to think it's odd. It been slightly more popular for boys in the UK so maybe that's why but don't want it to come across as (I hate this word) "chavvy". A lot of the comments about it from our family were that it sounds very "American sounding" for a girl. I'm not sure if I should take that as an insult or notHmm

We like the name so we will probably choose it either way but I know people are very honest on here so I would appreciate your thoughts?

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DramaAlpaca · 06/01/2024 14:53

Theimpossiblegirl · 06/01/2024 13:51

It's a lovely name. I always think of Morgan La Fey, or Morgana, Morgaine, from Arthurian legends. It's neither American nor 'chavvy' (I hate when people call names this).

I agree with all of this

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OldBeyondMyYears · 06/01/2024 14:54

I only know two, both boys in their teens.

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Pieceofpurplesky · 06/01/2024 16:29

I've taught male and female Morgans. It's a lovely name. I do love Morgana though.

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theduchessofspork · 06/01/2024 16:49

Theimpossiblegirl · 06/01/2024 13:51

It's a lovely name. I always think of Morgan La Fey, or Morgana, Morgaine, from Arthurian legends. It's neither American nor 'chavvy' (I hate when people call names this).

In principle I agree with the Arthurian thing, but in practice I do think it just sounds like a drab surname sadly - it’s just a bit lumpen.

How about Merryn, Mirren or Meredith?

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KirstenBlest · 06/01/2024 16:50

How about Merryn, Mirren or Meredith?
They're worse.

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CharmedCult · 06/01/2024 16:51

Riverlee · 06/01/2024 13:48

I know a female Morgan who’s lovely.

If you love it, use it. I think it’s really nice. The Morgan I know is always smiling so I have a positive association with the name.

Came to this thread to say the same, I know two Morgan’s and they’re both absolutely lovely women so I only have positive thoughts about it.

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theduchessofspork · 06/01/2024 16:53

KirstenBlest · 06/01/2024 16:50

How about Merryn, Mirren or Meredith?
They're worse.

Harsh

Morven?

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Dotchange · 06/01/2024 16:57

LBFseBrom · 06/01/2024 13:49

Yes, it is a surname and in the UK we do not generally use surnames as forenames. You can if you want of course but there are plenty of really nice names around, so why go American? No offence to Americans, what they do is up to them.

’Why go American’

’No offence to Americans’

Sheesh

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hellsBells246 · 06/01/2024 16:59

Lovely name!

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KirstenBlest · 06/01/2024 16:59

@theduchessofspork , Mirren and Merryn aren't that bad but I really don't like Meredith as a girl's name. I can't not hear it as Merrydeath

I like Morven.

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LilyLemonade · 06/01/2024 16:59

I think it’s lovely and mystical.

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Taprobane · 06/01/2024 17:01

Yes, very American, not chavvy, but definitely modern and American

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mathanxiety · 06/01/2024 18:22

Once again we see the use of "American" as a negative.

It's more a reflection of the ignorance of those posting such claptrap than Amrrican culture. Surely British people are aware of the long Scottish tradition of using surnames as names? If not, why not?

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InTheRainOnATrain · 06/01/2024 18:31

What’s so bad about American?! Whilst obviously Morgan Wallen had a huge 2023, when I lived there I barely heard these style of names at all so I’m not even sure it’s accurate. DD’s (now 6) daycare class included Brian, Martin, John, Alison, Claire x2, Emma and Jennifer.

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InTheRainOnATrain · 06/01/2024 18:34

Oh and I do quite like it for a girl, if I’m being totally honest my personal taste is a bit more flowery but it’s a perfectly decent and usable name!

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KirstenBlest · 06/01/2024 18:34

@mathanxiety , are Scottish girls given Scottish surnames as first names?

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SweetPalOMine · 06/01/2024 18:37

KirstenBlest · 06/01/2024 18:34

@mathanxiety , are Scottish girls given Scottish surnames as first names?

Scottish (and northern English) first born boys were often given the mother's maiden name as a first name, eg, Fletcher Christian.

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Dacadactyl · 06/01/2024 18:38

I think it's an absolutely awful name.

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KirstenBlest · 06/01/2024 18:38

@SweetPalOMine , that does not answer the question in any way.

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MargaritaThyme · 06/01/2024 18:39

Yes.

Morgan is firmly in the chav / stripper zone. Not quite as ghastly as Madison, but still definitely not smart.

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Muchtoomuchtodo · 06/01/2024 18:40

I only know male Morgans and they’re all called Mogs day to day.

I think it would be a pita for your dd

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1967Kitherly · 06/01/2024 18:40

One of my favourite names, I love it

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Sunset6 · 06/01/2024 18:42

How about Meghan

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Beeswood · 06/01/2024 18:42

I prefer Morven, as some other posters have suggested.

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Ilovelurchers · 06/01/2024 18:46

What do you mean by "chavvy"? My understanding is that this is a slur implying prejudice against the working classes. Is this what you mean?

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