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Meaning and Origin of: Swain

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First name origins & meanings:

  • Middle English : Knight's attendant

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Last name origin & 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.