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Type Surname (from nickname)

Meaning & History

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. It is also possible that the surname is from the Old Norse and Old English given name Swan.

Alternatively, it may be a variant of Swain or an Americanized form of German Schwan, Norwegian Sveen or Swedish Svan.
Added 3/6/2012 by SeaHorse15
Edited 12/1/2014 by Beautiful Victory