Last name: Swain

This surname is not only one of the oldest of all recorded surnames, pre-dating the 1086 Domesday Book (see below), it is one of the earliest settler names in America. It derives from the pre 8th Century "Viking" (Scandinavian) personal name Sven, Suen or Sveinn, a form of endearment translating literally as "boy". The name in several variant forms was enthusiastically adopted by the English, and also by the 1066 Norman invaders who were themselves of Viking origins. By the 16th Century the term "swain" had developed the senses of "young rustic", and hence "rustic lover, wooer". The modern surname from this source can be found as Swain, Swaine, Swayn and Swayne, while the patronymic forms are Swains, Sweynson, Swenson and Swainson. The early recordings include Robert Suein in the 1166 Pipe Rolls of Yorkshire, whilst Walter Swayn is found in the Court Rolls of Suffolk in 1295. Later recordings include Samuel Swaine of Sewardstone, Essex, in 1612, a descendant of William Swayne, also of Essex, granted arms on June 29th 1444, whilst on June 1st 1681, the rare form of Swains (a development of Swaynes) is found at Thame, Oxford, when John Swains married Marrian Powell. The first American recording is of Peter Swaine, who was a passenger on the sloop "Batchelor" bound for the Leeward Isles and Virginia from London on May 3rd 1679. The first recorded spelling of the family name is shown to be that of Osgot Sveyn, which was dated 1045, in the "Anglo-Saxon Wills List of Cambridgeshire", during the reign of King Edward, known as "The Confessor", 1042 - 1066. Surnames became necessary when governments introduced personal taxation. In England this was known as Poll Tax. Throughout the centuries, surnames in every country have continued to "develop" often leading to astonishing variants of the original spelling.

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Abigail Swain
I'm from Devon, England

Bobby Joe Swain 3rd

im 6'2 blue eye blonde hair and all the family that i know are from tennessee and north carolina.

Sunayana Swain

I'm from eastern part of India and I just realized I share my surname with people from Europe n America!!! Amazing!

teejay swain

im from london and on called swain

Stacey
My name is Stacey Swain I'm 17 from England

Kelly Swain

I AM FROM THE BAHAMAS AND I SEE THAT MY SURNAME CARRIED BY MANY PEOPLE AROUND THE WORLD. IT WONDERFUL BUT I DO KNOW ANY HISTORY BEHIND MY SURNAME

Sherri Swain
My 9th Great-Grandfather, Richard Swayne/Swaine, changed the spelling after arriving in America (Rowley, MA) in Sept 1635, sailed from England on the ship "True Love". Over the many years since, my ancestors have traveled from MA, NH, NJ, NC, GA and ended in FL.

Teresa Swain

I'm from Georgia USA. My grandfather was Alvis E. Dwain.

ShaunCanTweet

Shaun Swain 27 from Kent U.K. Most my family are still here in England. Stout lot, not many above 6 feet (I am myself 5'8") but pretty strong willed and have generally good sharp wit. Bad tempers though. My uncle traced an offshoot of the family to Greenwich Village NY back around 1920 before they broke off contact some time in the early 20s. None returned after the war either either those they is some talk that a few American Swains and British Swains ended up bumping into each other a few times in Europe while fighting, all sharing a few family members either having died or still living. It was always very brief from what is said but really, I'd like to see if I can find out a little more?

a baxter
again one of my linc's baxters wed a SWAIN in1840, and now i have many SWAIN's in the family. cannot find any who went over the brook to usa.