Some characteristic forenames: Scandinavian Lars, Anders, Erik, Lennart, Sven, Ejnar, Johan, Bent, Bjorn, Gunn, Holger, Mats. German Ernst, Kurt, Markus, Otto.Swedish: patronymic from the personal name Sven, from Old Norse Sveinn, originally a byname meaning ‘boy, servant’. It is also found in Denmark, northern Germany, and Norway. Compare Svenson , Swainson , Swanson , Swenson , Swensson , and Swinson .
Dictionary of American Family Names © Patrick Hanks 2003, 2006.