swan etymology

Middle English word swan comes from Proto-Indo-European *se, Proto-Indo-European *sun-, Proto-Indo-European *swenh₂-, Proto-Indo-European *s(w)e-, and later Proto-Germanic *swainaz (Herder; herdsman. Relative; kinsman. Young man.)

Detailed word origin of swan

Dictionary entryLanguageDefinition
*se Proto-Indo-European (ine-pro)
*sun- Proto-Indo-European (ine-pro)
*swenh₂- Proto-Indo-European (ine-pro)
*s(w)e- Proto-Indo-European (ine-pro) separate, apart
*swainaz Proto-Germanic (gem-pro) Herder; herdsman. Relative; kinsman. Young man.
*swanaz Proto-Germanic (gem-pro) Swan.
swan Old English (ang) Boy; lad. Herdsman; herder. Man; warrior. Servant.
swān Old English (ang)
swan Old English (ang) Swan.
swan Old English (ang) Swan Boy; lad. Herdsman; herder. Man; warrior. Servant.
swan Middle English (enm)

Words with the same origin as swan

Descendants of *se
ariȝt as rightwis se sere sik so soile soyle such sule swa swain swayn swein sweyn swich swilch swilk swo swon swone swulch zuo
Descendants of *sun-
sothern southerne sutherne
Descendants of *s(w)e-
self self-wil self-wille selfly selfwill seolf- silf sulf swane