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Swain is an English surname derived from the Old Norse personal name Sveinn (Sven, Sweyn), meaning a youth or young man. There are a number of variations in the spelling of the surname Swain, including Swaine, Swainne, and Swayne.

It is also common as a given name in history as Sweyn.

From this word meaning boy, young male or servant, are derived:

(1) The noun swai.....


Heraldry Database: Woodhouse

Woodhouse







Surname:  Woodhouse
Branch:  Woodhouse
Origins:  British
More Info:  England

Background:  The family of Woodhouse of Womburne Woodhouse originates with Benedict Wodehouse of Womburne (fl. 1550); the spelling Woodhouse was used from the 17th century. The modern surname may derive from any of several places called Woodhouse, Wodehouse in England.


Motto:  In hoc signo, In this sign you will conquer.
Arms:  Sa. a chev. or, gutte-de-sang, betw. three cinquefoils erm.
Crest:  Out of clouds ppr. an arm, couped at the elbow, and erect, habited ar. charged with four sinister bendlets sa. in the hand ppr. a club of the last, over it this .


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This interesting and long-established surname is of Anglo-Saxon origin, and has a number of possible sources. Firstly, it may be locational from any one of the places thus called, such as those in Leicestershire; in Leeds; and the place near Saxon in the West Riding of Yorkshire. The placename derives from the Olde English pre 7th Century "wudu", meaning wood, and "hus", house; hence, "house(s) by the wood". It may also be of topographical origin, meaning a "dweller in the house near the wood", from the same derivation. The third possibility is that it may be used to describe the "Woodwards residence", and would therefore be an occupational surname, since a woodward was someone who held the important position of warden to the woodlands owned by a prominent landholder. The surname was first recorded in the late 12th Century (see below), and Richard del Wodehus appears in the 1275 Hundred Rolls of Suffolk. The well known author, P.G. Wodehouse (1881 - 1975), was born into a Norfolk family whose earliest known ancestor was John de Woodhouse, who lived in Rastrick, Yorkshire at the end of the 13th Century. In 1624, William Woodhouse married Mary Ship at Cornhill, London. The Coat of Arms most associated with the name depicts a gold cross between twelve gold crosses crosslet on a red shield, the Crest being on a coronet a cross crosslet gold. The Motto, "In hoc signo", translates as, "Under this sign". The first recorded spelling of the family name is shown to be that of Helius de Wudehus, which was dated 1170, in the "Pipe Rolls of Nottinghamshire", during the reign of King Henry 11, known as "The Builder of Churches", 1154 - 1189.

Name Variations:  Woodhouse, Woodhuse, Wodehouse, Woodhoose, Woodhowse.

References:
One or more of the following publications has been referenced for this article.
The General Armory; Sir Bernard Burke - 1842.
A Handbook of Mottoes; C.N. Elvin - 1860.
English Surnames; C.M. Matthews - 1966.
A Dictionary of English Surnames; P.H. Reaney - 1958.
Surname Database: http://www.surnamedb.com/Surname/woodhouse






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