Sven

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Sven
Gender Male
Origin
Word/name Old Norse
Meaning Young man
young warrior
Other names
Variant form(s) Svend, Svein, Sveinn
Related names Svenja (female form)

Sven (in Norwegian and Danish, also Svend and also in Norwegian most commonly Svein) is a Scandinavian first name which is also used in Estonia, the Netherlands, Belgium, Luxembourg, South Africa, Germany, and Austria. The name itself is Old Norse for "young man" or "young warrior". The original spelling in Old Norse was sveinn (whence Eng swain, "servant boy"). Over the centuries, many northern European rulers have carried the name including Sweyn I of Denmark (Sven Gabelbart). An old legend relates the pagan king Blot-Sven ordered the execution of the Anglo-Saxon monk Saint Eskil.

In medieval Swedish "sven" (or "sven av vapen" (sven of arms)) is a term for squire. The female equivalent Svenja, though seemingly Dutch and Scandinavian, is not common anywhere outside of German-speaking countries.

The Icelandic and Faroese version of Sven/Svend is Sveinn (Icelandic pronunciation: ​[ˈsveitn̥]).

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