Origin of the Name Swan
The origin of the name Swan
was found in the allfamilycrests.com archives. Swan is a baptismal name from a person noted for purity or excellence. Variants of this name include Swane, Swann, Swanne, Swanson, Swain and Swayne. This name is of Anglo-Saxon English descent spreading to the Celtic countries of Ireland, Scotland and Wales in early times and is found in many mediaeval manuscripts throughout the above countries. Examples of such are a Hamo filius Swan who was recorded in the 'Hundred Rolls', England, in the year 1273. A Magota Swan was recorded in the 'Poll Tax' of the west Riding of Yorkshire in the year 1379. In Scotland a Swan filius Thore was a witness to a charter of the lands of Maddyrnyn in the year 1189. In the reign of William the Lion part of the territory of Crawford parish in Lanarkshire was held by Swein or 'Swan', the son of Thor. In Ireland the names Swan and Swayne have existed in records relating to Leinster Province since the year 1288. In latter centuries the name is mostly found in Ulster Province. Some families of Sweeney may have changed their name to Swan and Swayne in Ulster.
The Swan coat of arms came into existence centuries ago. The process of creating coats of arms (also often called family crests) began in the eleventh century although a form of Proto-Heraldry may have existed in some countries prior to this. The new art of Heraldry made it possible for families and even individual family members to have their very own coat of arms, including all Swan descendants.