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Swanson Name Meaning

Americanized form of Swedish Norwegian Danish and North German Svensson and Norwegian and Danish Svensen or Svendsen cognates of Scottish (Caithness) and English: from the Middle English and Older Scots personal name Swan an Anglicized form of Old Norse Sveinn (from sveinn ‘lad’) + -son. In northern England Middle English Swanson was in fact an occasional variant of Swainson . In some cases the name may also arise from Middle English swan(e) swon(e) ‘swineherd peasant male servant’ (Old English swān) + -son but this is unlikely to be the usual origin. See Swan .

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


Similar surnames: Swenson, Swansen, Swanston, Svenson, Swanton, Swinson, Watson, Janson

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Where is the Swanson family from?

You can see how Swanson families moved over time by selecting different census years. The Swanson family name was found in the USA, the UK, Canada, and Scotland between 1840 and 1920. The most Swanson families were found in USA in 1920. In 1840 there were 9 Swanson families living in Tennessee. This was about 16% of all the recorded Swanson's in USA. Tennessee had the highest population of Swanson families in 1840.
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What did your Swanson ancestors do for a living?

In 1940, Farmer and Stenographer were the top reported jobs for men and women in the USA named Swanson. 15% of Swanson men worked as a Farmer and 8% of Swanson women worked as a Stenographer. Some less common occupations for Americans named Swanson were Salesman and Teacher. .

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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 1940

  • Farmer
    15%
  • Laborer
    11%
  • Carpenter
    5%
  • Salesman
    4%

Top Female Occupations In 1940

  • Stenographer
    8%
  • Housewife
    7%
  • Maid
    6%
  • Teacher
    6%
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Census Records

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Passenger Lists

There are 69,000 immigration records available for the last name Swanson. Passenger lists are your ticket to knowing when your ancestors arrived in the USA, and how they made the journey - from the ship name to ports of arrival and departure.

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Draft Cards

There are 66,000 military records available for the last name Swanson. For the veterans among your Swanson ancestors, military collections provide insights into where and when they served, and even physical descriptions.

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What is the average Swanson lifespan?

Between 1941 and 2004, in the United States, Swanson life expectancy was at its lowest point in 1941, and highest in 2003. The average life expectancy for Swanson in 1941 was 40, and 77 in 2004.

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