seward boy

First name origin & meaning:

Old English: From the sea

First name variations: Sewell, Severn, Sward

Last name origins & meanings:

  1. English: from a Middle English personal name representing two originally distinct personal names, Siward and Seward, Old English Sigeweard and Sǣweard, composed of the elements sige ‘victory’ and ‘sea’ + weard ‘guard’, ‘protect’. They became confused in the late Old English period.
  2. English: occupational name for a swineherd, from Old English ‘pig’ + hierde ‘herdsman’.
  3. Irish: when not of English origin (see 1 above) a reduced Anglicized form of Gaelic Ó Suaird, Ó Suairt, usually Anglicized as Sword.
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