The surname McGournaghan is of Scottish,English,Irish,French or Jewish in origin.In Scotland it is a habitational name form Gordon in Berwickshire,apparently derived from the British words that were ancestors of Welsh ‘gor’ spacious and ‘din’ fort.The English name is derived from the Norman habitation name of Gourdon in Saone-et-Loire,so called from the Gallo-Roman personal name Gordus.To the French the name is derived from the Old French ‘gort,gord’ fat.In Ireland it is an anglicised form of the Gaelic name Mag Mhuirneachain,from the personal name Muirneachan,a diminutive of muirneach,beloved.To Jewish bearers of the name it is a habitational name from the Belorussian city of Grodno.It goes back at least to 1657.There is a family tradition among some bearers that they are descended from a son of the Duke of Gordon who converted to Judaism in the eighteenth century.The first bearer of this name recorded in Scotland is Richer de Gordun,who held the barony of Gordon in the mid twelfth century.Most modern bearers of the name can trace their ancestry to Sir Adam de Gordon (d.1333),a powerful soldier and statesman.The poet L… Coat of arms: Azure, on a chevron betw…
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