Last name origins & meanings:

  1. 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 swan.
  2. variant of English Swain.
  3. Americanized form of German Schwan.
  4. Americanized form of Norwegian Sveen or Swedish Swahn.
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