Family name origins & meanings
- Russian : from a personal name based on Latin Sabinus (see Sabin) or Greek Sabbas (see Savas).
- English and French : from the Middle English and Old French personal name Savin, a variant of Sabin.
- English and French : altered form of the Middle English and Old French personal name Selvein, Latin Silvanus (see Silvano).
- Irish : reduced form of O’Savin, Anglicized form of Gaelic Ó Sabháin ‘descendant of Sabhán’, a personal name based on sabh ‘cub’. The Irish surname has largely been absorbed into Savage.