Origin of the name MORWENNA.
Etymology of the
Meaning of the baby name MORWENNA.
Cornish name meaning "Wenna
by the sea," from mor "sea" and Wenna
(q.v.), from wen, "fair," or poetically,
"a woman." (A Glossary of Cornish Names, Ancient and Modern,
&c., Bannister, 1871). Also spelled Merwenna.
is a short form.
Virgin, Abbess. According to the Lists given by William of
Worcester and Leland, Morwenna was a daughter of Brychan and a sister of
S. Nectan. Actually, they would seem to have been
grandchildren. The name Morwen has many forms. It has
assumed that of Modwenna,
but both are the same as the Irish Monynna, who appears in Welsh as Mwynen,
daughter of Brynach the Irishman, who married Brychan's daughter, Corth.
This Mwynen's brother, Berwyn or Gerwyn, settled in Cornwall, where he
was killed, and was accounted a Martyr.
Great confusion has arisen between three Saints of
similar names. A writer of the name of Concubran, apparently of
the 11th century, has fused all three into one, regardless of the
difference of periods in which they lived and of places in which they
There is, however, a more trustworthy life, in the
Salamanca Codex of Lives of Irish Saints, but even that is a fusion of
two quite independent lives, nearly, but not quite, contemporary, and
belonging to different parts of Ireland. (Journal
of the Royal Institution of Cornwall, vol. 15, 1906)