Last name origins & meanings:
- Scottish and English: from Middle English swan ‘swan’,
hence a nickname for a person noted for purity or excellence (which
were taken to be attributes of the swan), or resembling a swan in some
other way. This was also an Old Norse and Old English personal name,
from which the surname may be derived. In some cases it may be a
habitational name for someone who lived at a house with the sign of a
- variant of English Swain.
form of German Schwan.
- Americanized form of Norwegian
Sveen or Swedish Swahn.
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