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English

From Middle English swan, from Old English swan, from Proto-Germanic *swanaz. Cognate with West Frisian swan, Low German Swaan, swan, Dutch zwaan, German Schwan, Norwegian svane, Swedish svan, probably literally “the singing bird”, from a Proto-Indo-European *swon-/*swen- (to sing, make sound). Related to Old English geswin (melody, song) and swinsian (to make melody). Compare Latin sonus (sound) and Russian звон (zvon, ringing) and звук (zvuk, sound).

Middle English

From Old English swan, from Proto-Germanic *swanaz.

Old English

From Proto-Germanic *swanaz, probably from Proto-Indo-European *swen- (to sound, resound). Compare Old Saxon swan (Low German Swaan), Dutch zwaan, Old High German swan (German Schwan), Old Norse svanr (Swedish svan).

West Frisian

From Old Frisian *swan, from Proto-Germanic *swanaz, probably from Proto-Indo-European *swen- (to sound, resound).