Swain Family CrestThe northern English surname Swain, also found in Scotland and Ireland, is an occupational name for a servant or attendant, from the Middle English term swein meaning “servant” or Old Norse sveinn meaning “boy, or servant.” The name dates to the 11th Century with a record in the "Anglo-Saxon Wills List of Cambridgeshire" of Osgot Sveyn, which was dated 1045. The name is first recorded in the New World in 1638 when Jeremy Swain arrived in Charlestown, Massachusetts. Today there are approximately 25,000 bearers of the name Swain living in the US.

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