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.
Early Origins of the Swaen family
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.
Early History of the Swaen family
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Swaen Spelling Variations
Spelling variations of this family name include: Swanepoel, Swanpool, Swaen, Swaenpoel and others.
Early Notables of the Swaen family (pre 1700)
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Migration of the Swaen family
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 in 1920.