swain boy

First name origin & meaning:

Middle English: Knight's attendant

First name variations: Swayne, Swayze

Last name origins & meanings:

  1. 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.
  2. Scottish and Irish: reduced form of McSwain.
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