Last name origins & meanings:
- Of Welsh origin: from an Anglicized form of the personal name
Gwrgenau, composed of the elements gwr ‘man’, ‘warrior’
+ cenau ‘whelp’, ‘young dog’, a term used in Welsh heroic
poetry for a soldier ferocious in attack.
- The name is recorded as early as 1617 in Jamestown VA, when Edward
Gurgany from England patented a land grant at Curles Neck VA.
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