First name origin & meaning:

Japanese: A swamp

Last name origins & meanings:

  1. Japanese (mostly found in eastern Japan): meaning ‘swamp’, it is sometimes written with characters used phonetically. A few bearers have samurai connections. The name is not very common in Japan, but is a very common element in many other names; so some instances in America could have been shortened from names either beginning or ending with sawa.
  2. Polish: from the personal name Sawa, from Greek Sabbas (see Savas).
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