The distinguished Dutch surname Swaen is derived from "Swanepoel," the name of a village in the Dutch province of Gelderland. It is likely that the first bearer of this name was a resident of this village.
The surname Swaen was first found in Holland, where the name originated. During the Middle Ages, it was a common practice to refer to a new resident of a village by the name of his hometown; thus, it is possible that the progenitor of the name was a native of the town of Swaen who had settled in another region.
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Some of the first settlers of this family name or some of its variants were: Jan Swaen, who arrived in New Netherlands
in 1663; as well as Juliana Swaenepoel, who arrived in America from Belgium, through Ellis Island