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Updated June 9, 2019

Family name origins & meanings

  • Scottish and English : metonymic occupational name for a swordsman or armorer, from Middle English swerd, sword ‘sword’.
  • Irish : reduced Anglicized form of Gaelic Ó Suaird, Ó Suairt ‘descendant of Suart’, a personal name derived from Old Norse Sigvarðr ‘victory keeper’, a cognate of Old English Sigeweard. Compare Seward 1.

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