Updated June 9, 2019

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Girl name origins & meanings

  • Japanese : A swamp

Family name origins & meanings

  • Japanese (mostly found in eastern Japan) : meaning ‘swamp’, it is sometimes written with characters used phonetically. A few bearers have samurai connections. The name is not very common in Japan, but is a very common element in many other names; so some instances in America could have been shortened from names either beginning or ending with sawa.
  • Polish : from the personal name Sawa, from Greek Sabbas (see Savas).