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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


Similar surnames: Swan, Stein, Spain, Hain, Savin, Mcswain, Cain, Stain, Wein, Slavin

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Where is the Swain family from?

You can see how Swain families moved over time by selecting different census years. The Swain family name was found in the USA, the UK, Canada, and Scotland between 1840 and 1920. The most Swain families were found in the USA in 1880. In 1911 there were 245 Swain families living in Ontario. This was about 48% of all the recorded Swain's in Canada. Ontario had the highest population of Swain families in 1911.
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What did your Swain ancestors do for a living?

In 1921, Farmer and Student were the top reported jobs for men and women in the CA named Swain. 33% of Swain men worked as a Farmer and 29% of Swain women worked as a Student. Some less common occupations for Americans named Swain were Machinist and Saleslady.

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*We display top occupations by gender to maintain their historical accuracy during times when men and women often performed different jobs.

Top Male Occupations in 1921

  • Farmer
    33%
  • Labourer
    14%
  • Laborer
    11%
  • Machinist
    4%

Top Female Occupations in 1921

  • Student
    29%
  • Operator
    15%
  • Farmer
    15%
  • Saleslady
    15%
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Census Records

There are 241,000 census records available for the last name Swain. Like a window into their day-to-day life, Swain census records can tell you where and how your ancestors worked, their level of education, veteran status, and more.

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Passenger Lists

There are 21,000 immigration records available for the last name Swain. Passenger lists are your ticket to knowing when your ancestors arrived in Canada, and how they made the journey - from the ship name to ports of arrival and departure.

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Draft Cards

There are 30,000 military records available for the last name Swain. For the veterans among your Swain ancestors, military collections provide insights into where and when they served, and even physical descriptions.

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What is the average Swain lifespan?

Between 1940 and 2004, in the United States, Swain life expectancy was at its lowest point in 1945, and highest in 2000. The average life expectancy for Swain in 1940 was 42, and 73 in 2004.

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