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The saga of the name Swan begins among the Viking settlers who arrived in Scotland in the medieval era. The name Swan is derived from the Old English personal name Swein, which was originally derived from the Old Norse name Sveinn. This was one of the most common Scandinavian names in medieval Britain.

Swan Early Origins



The surname Swan was first found in Lanarkshire (Gaelic: Siorrachd Lannraig) a former county in the central Strathclyde region of Scotland, now divided into the Council Areas of North Lanarkshire, South Lanarkshire, and the City of Glasgow, from very early times.

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Swan Spelling Variations


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Swan Spelling Variations



Contemporary spellings of ancient Scottish names often bear little resemblance to the original recorded versions. These spelling variations result from the fact that medieval scribes spelled words and names alike according to their sounds. Swan has been spelled Swan, Swann, Swanner, Swani, Swayne, Swein, Sweing, Sweyn and many more.

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Swan Early History


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Swan Early History



This web page shows only a small excerpt of our Swan research. Another 405 words (29 lines of text) covering the years 1100, 1100, 1214, 1250, 1499, 1521, 1585, 1690 and 1680 are included under the topic Early Swan History in all our PDF Extended History products and printed products wherever possible.

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Swan Early Notables (pre 1700)


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Swan Early Notables (pre 1700)



Another 44 words (3 lines of text) are included under the topic Early Swan Notables in all our PDF Extended History products and printed products wherever possible.

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Swan In Ireland


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Swan In Ireland



Some of the Swan family moved to Ireland, but this topic is not covered in this excerpt. Another 127 words (9 lines of text) about their life in Ireland is included in all our PDF Extended History products and printed products wherever possible.

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The Great Migration


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The Great Migration



The colonies on the fertile east coast of North America soon had many farms run by Scots. These hardy settlers provided a backbone for the great nations of the United States and Canada that would emerge in the next centuries. Early North American immigration records have revealed a number of people bearing the Scottish name Swan or a variant listed above, including:

Swan Settlers in United States in the 17th Century

  • Richard Swan, who arrived in Boston, Massachusetts in 1634
  • Jon Swan, who landed in Virginia in 1635
  • Edgar Swan, who landed in Virginia in 1635
  • John Swan, who landed in Virginia in 1635
  • Edward Swan, who arrived in Virginia in 1635
  • ... (More are available in all our PDF Extended History products and printed products wherever possible.)

Swan Settlers in United States in the 18th Century

  • Mary Swan, who arrived in Virginia in 1703
  • Margaret Swan, who arrived in Virginia in 1711
  • Eliza Swan, who landed in Virginia in 1714
  • John Swan, who arrived in Annapolis, Maryland in 1766

Swan Settlers in United States in the 19th Century

  • Joseph Swan, who arrived in New York, NY in 1812
  • Margaret Swan, who landed in Philadelphia, Pennsylvania in 1816
  • Walter Swan, who landed in New York in 1816
  • David Swan, who landed in Philadelphia, Pennsylvania in 1816
  • Alexander Swan, who arrived in Philadelphia, Pennsylvania in 1816
  • ... (More are available in all our PDF Extended History products and printed products wherever possible.)

Swan Settlers in Canada in the 18th Century

  • Caleby Swan, who arrived in Nova Scotia in 1760
  • Francis Swan, who landed in Nova Scotia in 1760
  • Mr. Thomas Swan U.E., (Swann) who arrived at Port Roseway, [Shelbourne], Nova Scotia on December 13, 1783 was passenger number 421 aboard the ship "HMS Clinton", picked up on November 14, 1783 at East River, New York, USA [1]CITATION[CLOSE]
    Rubincam, Milton. The Old United Empire Loyalists List. Genealogical Publishing Co., Inc, 1976. (Originally published as; United Empire Loyalists. The Centennial of the Settlement of Upper Canada. Rose Publishing Company, 1885.) ISBN 0-8063-0331-X
  • Mrs. Jemima Swan U.E., (Swann) who arrived at Port Roseway, [Shelbourne], Nova Scotia on December 13, 1783 was passenger number 503 aboard the ship "HMS Clinton", picked up on November 14, 1783 at East River, New York, USA [1]CITATION[CLOSE]
    Rubincam, Milton. The Old United Empire Loyalists List. Genealogical Publishing Co., Inc, 1976. (Originally published as; United Empire Loyalists. The Centennial of the Settlement of Upper Canada. Rose Publishing Company, 1885.) ISBN 0-8063-0331-X
  • Mr. Bryan Swan U.E. who settled in Charlotte County, New Brunswick c. 1784 [1]CITATION[CLOSE]
    Rubincam, Milton. The Old United Empire Loyalists List. Genealogical Publishing Co., Inc, 1976. (Originally published as; United Empire Loyalists. The Centennial of the Settlement of Upper Canada. Rose Publishing Company, 1885.) ISBN 0-8063-0331-X
  • ... (More are available in all our PDF Extended History products and printed products wherever possible.)

Swan Settlers in Canada in the 19th Century

  • James Swan from Stevenstone in Ayrshire settled in St. John's, Newfoundland in 1813 [2]CITATION[CLOSE]
    Seary E.R., Family Names of the Island of Newfoundland, Montreal: McGill's-Queen's Universtity Press 1998 ISBN 0-7735-1782-0
  • Lady Swan, who landed in Victoria, British Columbia in 1862
  • W Swan, who landed in Victoria, British Columbia in 1862

Swan Settlers in Australia in the 19th Century

  • Robert Swan, a smith, arrived in New South Wales, Australia sometime between 1825 and 1832
  • Thomas Swan, a joiner, arrived in Van Diemenís Land (now Tasmania) sometime between 1825 and 1832
  • James Swan, English convict from Cambridge, who was transported aboard the "America" on April 4, 1829, settling in New South Wales, Australia [3]CITATION[CLOSE]
    State Library of Queensland. (Retrieved 2014, November 26) America voyage to New South Wales, Australia in 1829 with 176 passengers. Retrieved from http://www.convictrecords.com.au/ships/america/1829
  • William Swan, aged 24, arrived in Adelaide, Australia aboard the ship "Palmyra" in 1839 [4]CITATION[CLOSE]
    State Records of South Australia. (Retrieved 2010, November 5) PALMYRA 1839. Retrieved from http://www.slsa.sa.gov.au/BSA/1839Palmyra.htm
  • Margaret Swan, aged 24, arrived in Adelaide, Australia aboard the ship "Palmyra" in 1839 [4]CITATION[CLOSE]
    State Records of South Australia. (Retrieved 2010, November 5) PALMYRA 1839. Retrieved from http://www.slsa.sa.gov.au/BSA/1839Palmyra.htm
  • ... (More are available in all our PDF Extended History products and printed products wherever possible.)

Swan Settlers in New Zealand in the 19th Century

  • James Swan, aged 18, a farm labourer, arrived in Wellington, New Zealand aboard the ship "Lord William Bentinck" in 1841
  • Stephen Swan, aged 21, a farm labourer, arrived in Wellington, New Zealand aboard the ship "Lord William Bentinck" in 1841
  • Stephen Swan landed in Wellington, New Zealand in 1842
  • James Swan, aged 38, a carpenter, arrived in Wellington, New Zealand aboard the ship "Adelaide" in 1858
  • Jane Habgood Swan, aged 39, arrived in Wellington, New Zealand aboard the ship "Adelaide" in 1858
  • ... (More are available in all our PDF Extended History products and printed products wherever possible.)

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Contemporary Notables of the name Swan (post 1700)


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Contemporary Notables of the name Swan (post 1700)



  • Richard Gordon Swan, American mathematician, developer of Swan's theorem
  • James Gilchrist Swan (1818-1900), American Indian agent in Washington state
  • Cyrus Swan, American politician, Member of Connecticut State House of Representatives from Sharon, 1824-25, 1827-28
  • Clyde H. Swan, American Republican politician, Delegate to Republican National Convention from Massachusetts, 1932
  • Cleve H. Swan, American Democrat politician, Candidate for New York State Senate 40th District, 1936
  • Charles E. Swan, American Republican politician, Mayor of Calais, Maine, 1897-98
  • Charles C. Swan, American Republican politician, Member of Connecticut State House of Representatives from Clinton; Elected 1926
  • Caleb Swan, American politician, Candidate for Governor of Massachusetts, 1857
  • Benjamin Swan, American Democrat politician, Elected Massachusetts State House of Representatives Eleventh Hampden District 2002
  • Arthur Swan, American Republican politician, Delegate to Republican National Convention from Minnesota, 1952 (alternate), 1964; Presidential Elector for Minnesota, 1972
  • ... (Another 40 notables are available in all our PDF Extended History products and printed products wherever possible.)

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Swan Historic Events


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Swan Historic Events




Empress of Ireland

  • Mr. John H. Swan, British 10th Engineer from United Kingdom who worked aboard the Empress of Ireland and survived the sinking on May 29th 1914
  • Mr. Charles Swan (1851-1914), Canadian Third Class Passenger from Montreal, Quebec, Canada who survived the sinking on the Empress of Ireland on May 29th 1914

Halifax Explosion

  • Mrs. Ada† Swan (1890-1917), Canadian resident from Halifax, Nova Scotia, Canada who survived the Halifax Explosion on 6th December 1917 but later died due to injuries

HMS Prince of Wales

Pan Am Flight 103 (Lockerbie)

  • Anthony Selwyn Swan (1959-1988), Trinidadian Passenger from Brooklyn, New York, America, who flew aboard the Pan Am Flight 103 from Frankfurt to Detroit, known as the Lockerbie bombing in 1988 and died

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Suggested Readings for the name Swan


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Suggested Readings for the name Swan



  • The Black Swan; The story of Edward Hornsby, alias Swan, and His Descendants by Wendy E. Nunan.
  • Records of the Families of Brothers, Swan, Bonar/Reeves, Beardsley by William P. Brothers.
  • The Affinity and Consanguinity of my Swa.
  • by L.P. Fauskee.

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Motto


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Motto



The motto was originally a war cry or slogan. Mottoes first began to be shown with arms in the 14th and 15th centuries, but were not in general use until the 17th century. Thus the oldest coats of arms generally do not include a motto. Mottoes seldom form part of the grant of arms: Under most heraldic authorities, a motto is an optional component of the coat of arms, and can be added to or changed at will; many families have chosen not to display a motto.

Motto: Fidelitas
Motto Translation: Fidelity.


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Citations


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Citations



  1. ^ Rubincam, Milton. The Old United Empire Loyalists List. Genealogical Publishing Co., Inc, 1976. (Originally published as; United Empire Loyalists. The Centennial of the Settlement of Upper Canada. Rose Publishing Company, 1885.) ISBN 0-8063-0331-X
  2. ^ Seary E.R., Family Names of the Island of Newfoundland, Montreal: McGill's-Queen's Universtity Press 1998 ISBN 0-7735-1782-0
  3. ^ State Library of Queensland. (Retrieved 2014, November 26) America voyage to New South Wales, Australia in 1829 with 176 passengers. Retrieved from http://www.convictrecords.com.au/ships/america/1829
  4. ^ State Records of South Australia. (Retrieved 2010, November 5) PALMYRA 1839. Retrieved from http://www.slsa.sa.gov.au/BSA/1839Palmyra.htm

Other References

  1. Bradford, William. History of Plymouth Plantation 1620-1647 Edited by Samuel Eliot Morrison 2 Volumes. New York: Russell and Russell, 1968. Print.
  2. Bain, Robert. The Clans and Tartans of Scotland. Glasgow & London: Collins, 1968. Print. (ISBN 000411117-6).
  3. Passenger Lists of Vessels Arriving at Galveston Texas 1896-1951. National Archives Washington DC. Print.
  4. Scots Kith and Kin And Illustrated Map Revised 2nd Edition. Edinburgh: Clan House/Albyn. Print.
  5. Fulton, Alexander. Scotland and Her Tartans: The Romantic Heritage of the Scottish Clans and Families. Godalming: Bramley, 1991. Print. (ISBN 0-86283-880-0).
  6. Innes, Thomas and Learney. Scots Heraldry A Practical Handbook on the Historical Principles and Mordern Application of the Art and Science. London: Oliver and Boyd, 1934. Print.
  7. Bolton, Charles Knowles. Bolton's American Armory. Baltimore: Heraldic Book Company, 1964. Print.
  8. Hinde, Thomas Ed. The Domesday Book England's Heritage Then and Now. Surrey: Colour Library Books, 1995. Print. (ISBN 1-85833-440-3).
  9. Donaldson, Gordon and Robert S. Morpeth. Who's Who In Scotish History. Wales: Welsh Academic Press, 1996. Print. (ISBN 186057-0054).
  10. Warner, Philip Warner. Famous Scottish Battles. New York: Barnes and Noble, 1996. Print. (ISBN 0-76070-004-4).
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The Swan Family Crest was acquired from the Houseofnames.com archives. The Swan Family Crest was drawn according to heraldic standards based on published blazons. We generally include the oldest published family crest once associated with each surname.

This page was last modified on 11 September 2016 at 08:44.

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