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Meaning and Origin of: Seward

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First name origins & meanings:

  • Old English : From the sea

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Last name origin & meaning:

  • English : from a Middle English personal name representing two originally distinct personal names, Siward and Seward, Old English Sigeweard and Sǣweard, composed of the elements sige ‘victory’ and ‘sea’ + weard ‘guard’, ‘protect’. They became confused in the late Old English period.
  • English : occupational name for a swineherd, from Old English ‘pig’ + hierde ‘herdsman’.
  • Irish : when not of English origin (see 1 above) a reduced Anglicized form of Gaelic Ó Suaird, Ó Suairt, usually Anglicized as Sword.