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Swabey is a name that was carried to England in the great wave of migration from Normandy following the Norman Conquest of 1066. The Swabey family lived in Lincolnshire, at the village of Swaby.

Swabey Early Origins



The surname Swabey was first found in Lincolnshire where they held a family seat. The Domesday Book lists the village Swaby in Lincolnshire as being held by Earl Hugh of Chester, the original name of the village being Suabi. It was customary for the second son of the Lord to take the name of the Manor. The Manor and village consisted of 6 mills at that time. There was also a family from Swabia that arrived in Britain in the 16th century, when George Swebe or Sweey settled in Lambeth, Surrey.

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Swabey Spelling Variations


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Swabey Spelling Variations



Before English spelling was standardized a few hundred years ago, spelling variations of names were a common occurrence. Elements of Latin, Norman French and other languages became incorporated into English throughout the Middle Ages, and name spellings changed even among the literate. The variations of the surname Swabey include Swaby, Swabey, Swabie, Swabee, Swebie, Swebe and many more.

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Swabey Early History


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Swabey Early History



This web page shows only a small excerpt of our Swabey research. Another 227 words (16 lines of text) covering the years 1584 and 1952 are included under the topic Early Swabey History in all our PDF Extended History products and printed products wherever possible.

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Swabey Early Notables (pre 1700)


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Swabey Early Notables (pre 1700)



More information is included under the topic Early Swabey Notables in all our PDF Extended History products and printed products wherever possible.

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The Great Migration


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The Great Migration



In England at this time, the uncertainty of the political and religious environment of the time caused many families to board ships for distant British colonies in the hopes of finding land and opportunity, and escaping persecution. The voyages were expensive, crowded, and difficult, though, and many arrived in North America sick, starved, and destitute. Those who did make it, however, were greeted with greater opportunities and freedoms that they could have experienced at home. Many of those families went on to make important contributions to the young nations in which they settled. Early immigration records have shown some of the first Swabeys to arrive on North American shores: Joseph James Swaby who landed in America in 1750.

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Contemporary Notables of the name Swabey (post 1700)


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Contemporary Notables of the name Swabey (post 1700)



  • Ff Iona Swabey, independent scholar, reviewer, and broadcaster
  • Matthew A Swabey, of the School of Electronics and Computer Science at University of Southampton

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Motto


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Motto



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: Vera Tropae Fides
Motto Translation: Faith is our true trophy.


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Citations



    Other References

    1. Colletta, John P. They Came In Ships. Salt Lake City: Ancestry, 1993. Print.
    2. Foster, Joseph. Dictionary of Heraldry Feudal Coats of Arms and Pedigrees. London: Bracken Books, 1989. Print. (ISBN 1-85170-309-8).
    3. Hitching, F.K and S. Hitching. References to English Surnames in 1601-1602. Walton On Thames: 1910. Print. (ISBN 0-8063-0181-3).
    4. Le Patourel, John. The Norman Empire. New York: Oxford University Press, 1976. Print. (ISBN 0-19-822525-3).
    5. Library of Congress. American and English Genealogies in the Library of Congress. Baltimore: Genealogical Publishing, 1967. Print.
    6. Bullock, L.G. Historical Map of England and Wales. Edinburgh: Bartholomew and Son, 1971. Print.
    7. Shaw, William A. Knights of England A Complete Record from the Earliest Time to the Present Day of the Knights of all the Orders of Chivalry in England, Scotland, Ireland and Knights Bachelors 2 Volumes. Baltimore: Genealogical Publishing. Print. (ISBN 080630443X).
    8. Innes, Thomas and Learney. The Tartans of the Clans and Families of Scotland 1st Edition. Edinburgh: W & A. K. Johnston Limited, 1938. Print.
    9. Crispin, M. Jackson and Leonce Mary. Falaise Roll Recording Prominent Companions of William Duke of Normandy at the Conquest of England. Baltimore: Genealogical Publishing. Print.
    10. Zieber, Eugene. Heraldry in America. Philadelphia: Genealogical Publishing Co. Print.
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    The Swabey Family Crest was acquired from the Houseofnames.com archives. The Swabey 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.

    This page was last modified on 4 July 2014 at 08:51.

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