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Swain Family History

Swain Name Meaning
Northern English: occupational name for a servant or attendant, from the Middle English word swein ‘servant’ or Old Norse sveinn ‘boy’, ‘servant’. In Old Norse this word is also found as a personal name in the form Sveinn; so in some cases the origin may be patronymic.Scottish and Irish: reduced form of McSwain.

Source: Dictionary of American Family Names ©2013, Oxford University Press

1,297,787 Historical Documents with Swain on Ancestry.co.uk
313,539 Birth, Marriage, and Deaths
28,158 Military Records
19,312 Immigration Records
224,630 Census and Voter Lists
712,148 Member Trees

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Name Distribution of Swain Families

  • Number of Swain families
     451 - 900
     151 - 450
     1 - 150
     
    from the 1891 England and Wales Census Data
  • Number of Swain families
     10 - 17
     4 - 9
     1 - 3
     
    from the 1891 Scotland Census Data

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Swain Family Origin

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Swain Emigration Information (US)

from the New York Passenger Lists

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Swain Emigration Information (AU)

from the Australian Convict Transportation Registers 1787-1868

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Swain Family Occupations

from 1881 UK Census Data

Swain census records

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Military Service by Swain

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