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Swain Surname Meaning

English: from the Middle English personal name Swain Swein (Old Norse Sveinn Sven from sveinn ‘lad’). English: occupational name from Middle English swein ‘servant attendant; boy young man’ (Old Norse sveinn). The word could also denote a swineherd or a peasant in general. The name was thoroughly confused with Swan Irish: when not the English name possibly an Anglicized form of Mac Suibhne; see McSwain .

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

Similar surnames: Swan, Stein, Spain, Hain, Savin, Mcswain, Cain, Stain, Wein, Slavin

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Where is the Swain family from?

You can see how Swain families moved over time by selecting different census years. The Swain family name was found in the USA, the UK, Canada, and Scotland between 1840 and 1920. The most Swain families were found in USA in 1880. In 1891 there were 900 Swain families living in London. This was about 15% of all the recorded Swain's in United Kingdom. London had the highest population of Swain families in 1891.
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What did your Swain ancestors do for a living?

In 1939, General Labourer and Unpaid Domestic Duties were the top reported jobs for men and women in the United Kingdom named Swain. 8% of Swain men worked as a General Labourer and 70% of Swain women worked as an Unpaid Domestic Duties. Some less common occupations for Americans named Swain were Colliery Hewer and Incapacitated. .

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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.

Top Male Occupations In 1939

  • General Labourer
  • Builders Labourer
  • Dairy Farmer
  • Colliery Hewer

Top Female Occupations In 1939

  • Unpaid Domestic Duties
  • Unpaid Domestic
  • Housewife
  • Incapacitated
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Census Records

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Passenger Lists

There are 21,000 immigration records available for the last name Swain. 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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There are 30,000 military records available for the last name Swain. For the veterans among your Swain ancestors, military collections provide insights into where and when they served, and even physical descriptions.

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What is the average Swain lifespan?

Between 1940 and 2004, in the United States, Swain life expectancy was at its lowest point in 1945, and highest in 2000. The average life expectancy for Swain in 1940 was 42, and 73 in 2004.

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