Origin of swart
- Middle English swarte from Old English sweart
From American Heritage Dictionary of the English Language, 5th Edition
- From Middle English swart, from Old English sweart (“swarthy, black, dark; gloomy; evil, infamous"), from Proto-Germanic *swartaz (“black, dark-coloured"), from Proto-Indo-European *swordo- (“dirty, dark, black"). Cognate with Scots swart (“black"), West Frisian swart (“black"), Dutch zwart (“black, dark"), Low German swart (“black"), German schwarz (“black"), Danish sort (“black"), Swedish svart (“black"), Icelandic svartur (“black"), Latin sordes (“dirt, filth"). Compare sordid, surd.
- Variant of sward.