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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Swain Family Origin

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Swain Family Occupations

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  • Farmer

    37%
  • Laborer

    7%
  • Keeping House

    7%
  • Farming

    3%

In 1880, a less common occupation for the Swain family was Farming. Farmer, Laborer and Keeping House were the top 3 reported jobs worked by Swain. The most common Swain occupation in the USA was Farmer. 37% of Swain's were Farmers.

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Swain Life Expectancy

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United States

Between 1940 and 2004, 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.

Source: Social Security Death Index (SSDI) for Swain

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