Swan Name Meaning

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. variant of English Swain. Americanized form of German Schwan. Americanized form of Norwegian Sveen or Swedish Swahn.

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


Similar surnames: Swain, Bean, Sand, Span, Shan, Way, Shean, Wan, Swab, Sas

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Swan Family Origin

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Swan Family Occupations

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  • Agricultural Labourer

    5%
  • Coal Miner

    3%
  • Farmer

    2%
  • Labourer

    2%

In 1881, Agricultural Labourer, Coal Miner and Farmer were the top 3 reported jobs worked by Swan. A less common occupation for the Swan family was Labourer. The most common Swan occupation in the UK was Agricultural Labourer. 5% of Swan's were Agricultural Labourers.

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Between 1940 and 2004, Swan life expectancy was at its lowest point in 1944, and highest in 1999. The average life expectancy for Swan in 1940 was 37, and 76 in 2004.

Source: Social Security Death Index (SSDI) for Swan

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