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Schwan Name Meaning

German: from Middle High German Middle Low German swan ‘swan’ applied as a nickname derived for a very clean person or for someone with a long neck; alternatively a topographic or habitational name referring to a house distinguished by the sign of a swan. Jewish (Ashkenazic): artificial name from German Schwan ‘swan’.

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


Similar surnames: Schwab, Schaaf, Schwam, Schoen, Schwanz, Schaal, Schmal, Schorn

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Where is the Schwan family from?

You can see how Schwan families moved over time by selecting different census years. The Schwan family name was found in the USA, the UK, and Canada between 1840 and 1920. The most Schwan families were found in USA in 1920. In 1840 there was 1 Schwan family living in Pennsylvania. This was 100% of all the recorded Schwan's in USA. Pennsylvania had the highest population of Schwan families in 1840.
Use census records and voter lists to see where families with the Schwan surname lived. Within census records, you can often find information like name of household members, ages, birthplaces, residences, and occupations.

What did your Schwan ancestors do for a living?

In 1940, Farmer and Housewife were the top reported jobs for men and women in the USA named Schwan. 20% of Schwan men worked as a Farmer and 14% of Schwan women worked as a Housewife. Some less common occupations for Americans named Schwan were Machinist and Maid. .

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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
    20%
  • Laborer
    17%
  • Salesman
    12%
  • Machinist
    6%

Top Female Occupations In 1940

  • Housewife
    14%
  • Stenographer
    9%
  • Cook
    8%
  • Maid
    8%
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Census Records

There are 9,000 census records available for the last name Schwan. Like a window into their day-to-day life, Schwan 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 2,000 immigration records available for the last name Schwan. 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 3,000 military records available for the last name Schwan. For the veterans among your Schwan ancestors, military collections provide insights into where and when they served, and even physical descriptions.

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What is the average Schwan lifespan?

Between 1943 and 2004, in the United States, Schwan life expectancy was at its lowest point in 1943, and highest in 1962. The average life expectancy for Schwan in 1943 was 30, and 73 in 2004.

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