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Type Surname (from nickname)
Other Forms FormsGurganus

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.
Added 12/4/2015 by lilolaf
Edited 6/10/2016 by LMS and lilolaf