Swain Family History

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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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Swain Ethnicity Estimate

What are the common regions with the Swain name?

These results combine data from everyone in the AncestryDNA® database with the last name Swain. The Ancestry® ethnicity regions shown are top five most common on average for these people.

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  • England & Wales


  • Ireland & Scotland


  • Germanic Europe


  • Cameroon, Congo, & Southern Bantu Peoples


  • Norway


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Swain Family Origin

Where is the Swain family from?

Swain Family Occupations

What did your Swain ancestors do for a living?

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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  • Farmer

  • Laborer

  • Keeping House

  • Farming


Census records can tell you a lot of little known facts about your Swain ancestors, such as occupation. Occupation can tell you about your ancestor's social and economic status.

Swain Historical Records

What Swain family records will you find?

Census Record

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 List

There are 21,000 immigration records available for the last name Swain. 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 Card

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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Swain Life Expectancy

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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An unusually short lifespan might indicate that your Swain ancestors lived in harsh conditions. A short lifespan might also indicate health problems that were once prevalent in your family. The SSDI is a searchable database of more than 70 million names. You can find birthdates, death dates, addresses and more.

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