Meaning and Origin of: Swain

Boy name origins & meanings

  • Middle English : Knight's attendant

Boy name variations

Family name origins & meanings

  • Northern English : occupational name for a servant or attendant, from the Middle English word swein ‘servant’ or Old Norsesveinn ‘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 ofMcSwain.