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SOURCE: Nickname & Other
OTHER FORMS: Gurganus
Meaning & History
English (of Norman origin): nickname for a crafty or ingenious person, from a reduced form of Old French engaine
‘ingenuity’, ‘trickery’ (Latin ingenium
‘native wit’). The word was also used in a concrete sense of a stratagem or device, particularly a trap.
This surname has also assimilated reduced variants of Welsh Gurganus