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Origin of the name MORWENNA.
Etymology of the name MORWENNA.
Meaning of the baby name MORWENNA.


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 MerwennaMorwen is a short form. 

    S. Morwenna, 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 laboured.
    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)


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