Swain Family History
Swain Name Meaning
Northern English: occupational name for a servant or attendant, from the Middle English word swein ‘servant’ or Old Norse sveinn ‘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 of McSwain.
Source: Dictionary of American Family Names ©2013, Oxford University Press