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Origins Available: Irish, Scottish
The Sword surname in Scotland has two distinct origins. In some instances it is an old occupational name for an armorer, derived from the Old English word "sword," while other occurrences of the name are from derivations from the personal name Siward.
The surname Sword was first found in the ancient Pictish lands where they were anciently found in their territories. Sword was the name of the victor over MacBeth at the battle of Dunsinnan in 1054. A Robert Suerd is on record in the Pipe Rolls of Berkshire in 1185. Other early records show a John Swerde, who was given conduct from Scotland into England in 1398; he was the Master of a ship "Archibald," and was made Earl of Douglas in 1405. Malcolm Sword was on record in Stirling in 1628; a Patrick Sword was treasurer there in 1631, and burgess in 1646.
Spelling variations of this family name include: Sword, Swerd, Suerd, Sourd, Suorde and others.
This web page shows only a small excerpt of our Sword research. Another 125 words (9 lines of text) covering the years 1745 and 1870 are included under the topic Early Sword History in all our PDF Extended History products.
More information is included under the topic Early Sword Notables in all our PDF Extended History products.
Some of the first settlers of this family name were:
Sword Settlers in United States in the 18th Century
Sword Settlers in United States in the 19th Century
The motto was originally a war cry or slogan. Mottoes first began to be shown with arms in the 14th and 15th centuries, but were not in general use until the 17th century. Thus the oldest coats of arms generally do not include a motto. Mottoes seldom form part of the grant of arms: Under most heraldic authorities, a motto is an optional component of the coat of arms, and can be added to or changed at will; many families have chosen not to display a motto.
Motto Translation: Prepared.
The Sword Family Crest was acquired from the Houseofnames.com archives. The Sword Family Crest was drawn according to heraldic standards based on published blazons. We generally include the oldest published family crest once associated with each surname.
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