Swan Family History

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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

Similar surnames: Swain, Bean, Sand, Span, Shan, Way, Shean, Wan, Swab, Sas

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Swan Ethnicity Estimate

What are the common regions with the Swan name?

These results combine data from everyone in the AncestryDNA® database with the last name Swan. 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


  • Sweden


  • Norway


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Swan Family Origin

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Swan Family Occupations

What did your Swan ancestors do for a living?

In 1880, the most common Swan occupation in the USA was Farmer. 32% of Swan's were Farmers. A less common occupation for the Swan family was Carpenter. Farmer, Laborer and Keeping House were the top 3 reported jobs worked by Swan.

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  • Farmer

  • Laborer

  • Keeping House

  • Carpenter


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

Swan Historical Records

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Census Record

There are 300,000 census records available for the last name Swan. Like a window into their day-to-day life, Swan 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 39,000 immigration records available for the last name Swan. 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 34,000 military records available for the last name Swan. For the veterans among your Swan ancestors, military collections provide insights into where and when they served, and even physical descriptions.

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Swan Life Expectancy

What is the average Swan lifespan?

Between 1940 and 2004, in the United States, Swan life expectancy was at its lowest point in 1944, and highest in 1999. The average life expectancy for Swan in 1940 was 37, and 76 in 2004.

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An unusually short lifespan might indicate that your Swan 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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