When George Thomas Swain was born on 14 November 1845, in Smithville Township, Brunswick, North Carolina, United States, his father, Levi Bonaparte Swain, was 22 and his mother, Mary Amanda Sellers, was 23. He lived in Brunswick, North Carolina, United States in 1850 and Lockwoods Folly Township, Brunswick, North Carolina, United States in 1860. He died on 11 August 1906, in Macclenny, Baker, Florida, United States, at the age of 60.
English: from the Middle English personal name Swain, Swein (Old Norse Sveinn, Sven, from sveinn ‘lad’).
English: occupational name from Middle English swein ‘servant, attendant; boy, young man’ (Old Norse sveinn). The word could also denote a swineherd or a peasant in general. The name was thoroughly confused with Swan 1.
Irish: when not the English name, possibly an Anglicized form of Mac Suibhne; see McSwain .