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Swab Name Meaning

Americanized form of Dutch Swaab a habitational name for someone from Swabia or of the German cognate Schwab . Americanized form of Czech Slovak Rusyn (from Slovakia) Slovenian and Croatian Šváb or Švab (see Svab ) and of the Polish cognate Szwab.

Source: Dictionary of American Family Names 2nd edition, 2022

Similar surnames: Swaby, Swan, Sas, Star, Saal, Way, Shad, Grab, Baab, Salb

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Where is the Swab family from?

You can see how Swab families moved over time by selecting different census years. The Swab family name was found in the USA, the UK, Canada, and Scotland between 1840 and 1920. The most Swab families were found in USA in 1880. In 1891 there were 3 Swab families living in London. This was about 75% of all the recorded Swab's in United Kingdom. London had the highest population of Swab families in 1891.
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What did your Swab ancestors do for a living?

In 1940, Laborer and Maid were the top reported jobs for men and women in the USA named Swab. 20% of Swab men worked as a Laborer and 16% of Swab women worked as a Maid. Some less common occupations for Americans named Swab were Carpenter and Clerk. .

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*We display top occupations by gender to maintain their historical accuracy during times when men and women often performed different jobs.

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Top Male Occupations In 1940

  • Laborer
  • Farmer
  • Salesman
  • Carpenter

Top Female Occupations In 1940

  • Maid
  • Waitress
  • School Teacher
  • Clerk
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Census Records

There are 8,000 census records available for the last name Swab. Like a window into their day-to-day life, Swab census records can tell you where and how your ancestors worked, their level of education, veteran status, and more.

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Passenger Lists

There are 475 immigration records available for the last name Swab. Passenger lists are your ticket to knowing when your ancestors arrived in the UK, and how they made the journey - from the ship name to ports of arrival and departure.

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Draft Cards

There are 1,000 military records available for the last name Swab. For the veterans among your Swab ancestors, military collections provide insights into where and when they served, and even physical descriptions.

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What is the average Swab lifespan?

Between 1960 and 2004, in the United States, Swab life expectancy was at its lowest point in 1960, and highest in 2004. The average life expectancy for Swab in 1960 was 36, and 85 in 2004.

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