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Swan Family History

Swan Name Meaning
Scottish and English: from Middle English swan ‘swan’, hence a nickname for a person noted for purity or excellence (which were taken to be attributes of the swan), or resembling a swan in some other way. This was also an Old Norse and Old English personal name, from which the surname may be derived. In some cases it may be a habitational name for someone who lived at a house with the sign of a swan.variant of English Swain.Americanized form of German Schwan.Americanized form of Norwegian Sveen or Swedish Swahn.

Source: Dictionary of American Family Names ©2013, Oxford University Press

1,396,947 Historical Documents with Swan on Ancestry.com
329,916 Birth, Marriage, and Deaths
31,521 Military Records
35,357 Immigration Records
277,533 Census and Voter Lists
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Name Distribution of Swan Families

  • Number of Swan families
     248 - 493
     83 - 247
     1 - 82
     
    from the 1920 US Federal Census Data
  • Number of Swan families
     364 - 726
     122 - 363
     1 - 121
     
    from the 1891 England and Wales Census Data
  • Number of Swan families
     416 - 829
     139 - 415
     1 - 138
     
    from the 1891 Scotland Census Data

Swan census records

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Swan Family Origin

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Swan Immigration Information

from the New York Passenger Lists

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Average Life Expectancy for Swan

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Swan Family Occupations

from 1880 Federal Census Data

Swan census records

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Swan Civil War Service Records

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