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SWAIN Scottish, Irish, English
Northern English occupational name for a servant or attendant, from Middle English swein
"young man attendant upon a knight", which was derived from Old Norse sveinn
"boy, servant, attendant"... [more]
From Middle English swal(e)we
"swallow", hence a nickname for someone thought to resemble the bird, perhaps in swiftness and grace.
SWAN English, Scottish
Originally given as a nickname to a person who was noted for purity or excellence, which were taken to be attributes of the swan, or who resembled a swan in some other way. In some cases it may have been given to a person who lived at a house with the sign of a swan... [more]
Habitational name from Swanwick in Derbyshire, possibly also Swanwick in Hampshire. Both are named from Old English swan
, "herdsman," and wic
, "outlying dairy farm."
Unexplained. Possibly an Anglicized form of Dutch Swijse(n)
, variant of Wijs
"wise" (see WISE
Derived from the old English words "swete"
Habitational name for someone from places called Swierczyn (in Plock and Wloclawek voivodeships) or Swierczyna (of which there are many). The places are named with either swierk ‘spruce’ or swiercz ‘cricket’.
Probably an Americanized spelling of German SCHWING
or from Middle High German zwinc meaning "legal district", hence possibly a metonymic occupational name for a district administrator.
SWINTON English, Scottish
From various place names composed of Old English swin
"pig, wild boar" and tun
Americanized form of German Schweitzer meaning Swiss.
Derived from Polish świt
"dawn" "sun" "daylight" or świtać
"to dawn". It is a nickname for an early-riser.
Either (i) from the medieval nickname Swetesire
(literally "sweet sir, amiable master"), applied sarcastically either to someone who used the expression liberally as a form of address or to someone with a de-haut-en-bas
manner; or (ii) an anglicization of Schweitzer
(from Middle High German swīzer
SYDOW Low German
Habitational name from any of several places so named in Germany.
SYDYKOV Kyrgyz, Kazakh
Derived from Arabic صَدِيق (ṣadīq)
meaning "friend" or صَادِق (ṣādiq)
meaning "true, truthful, veracious".
English Surname (mainly Yorkshire): topographic name for someone who lived by a stream in a marsh or in a hollow, from Middle English syke ‘marshy stream’, ‘damp gully’, or a habitational name from one of the places named with this word, in Lancashire and West Yorkshire.
SYMERE English (American, Rare)
Name of unknown origin, typically used in the United States. It is best known as the real first name of American rapper Lil Uzi Vert.
Habitational surname derived from the places of the same name, derived from the given name Simon
and northern Middle English ‘ton’ meaning settlement... [more]
SYNGE English (British)
First found in Shropshire where they had been anciently seated as Lords of the Manor of Bridgenorth, from the time of the Norman Conquest of England in 1066 A.D.
Meaning uncertain. Perhaps a combination of an unknown first element and the common surname suffix -én
, or taken directly from Swedish syren
Either (i) from the medieval male personal name Syred
(from Old English Sigerǣd
, literally "victory-counsel"); or (ii) from the medieval female personal name Sigerith
(from Old Norse Sigfrithr
, literally "victory-lovely").
This indicates familial origin within Sytkowo, a neighborhood in Poznań (the Greater Polish capital).
This indicates familial origin within the Greater Polish town of Szamotuły.
Ethnic or regional name for a German speaker from Transylvania or Szepes, etymologically a derivative of German SACHS
Habitational name from places called Szeliga
. It is not clear whether there is any connection with the Polish vocabulary word szeliga ‘coat-of-arms’.
SZETO Chinese (Cantonese)
From Chinese 司徒 (sītú)
, which denoted the Minister over the Masses (one of three important official titles of the HAN
dynasty). It is somewhat equivalent to the modern-day title of Prime Minister.
Polish pronunciation is "sh-MAHN-dah" and Hungarian pronunciation is "s-MAHN-dah".
This indicates familial origin within the Greater Polish village of Szołdry.
Nickname for a fish seller with a bad reputation, from szot
This indicates familial origin within the Podlachian village Szpakowo.
This indicates familial origin within either of 2 Greater Polish villages named Szurkowo.
Habitational name for someone from Szymanów, Szymanowo, or Szymanowice.
Habitational name for someone from any of the various locations in Poland named Szymany
derived from the given name SZYMON