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Origin of the name SWAYN.
Etymology of the name SWAYN.
Meaning of the baby name SWAYN.


SWAYN.  An Anglo-Saxon form of Old Norse Sveinn (q.v.), meaning "a boy, lad."  Also spelled Sweyn. (History of Christian Names, Yonge, 1884).

    In the olden time our glorious country of England, my dears, must have been a pleasant place; for see what numbers of people have taken a fancy to it!  First came the Romans, as we have seen, then the Saxons,—and when they were comfortably established here, the Danes, under their Sea-kings, came gallantly over the main, and were not a whit less charmed with the island than the Saxons and Romans had been.
    Amonst these distinguished foreigners may be mentioned the Sea-king Swayn, who came to England in the year nine hundred and something, landing at Margate, with which he was so pleased as to determine to stop there altogether,--being, as he said, so much attached to this country that nothing would induce him to go back to his own.  Wasn't it a compliment to us?  There is a great deal of this gallantry in the people of the North; and you may have observed, even in our own days, that some of them, 'specially Scotchmen, when once landed here, are mighty unwilling to go home again.
    Well, King Swayn's stay became preposterously long: and his people consumed such a power of drink and victuals, that at length our late beloved monarch, King Ethelred the Second, was induced to send to him... (The Works of William Makepeace Thackeray, v.6, 1898).


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