Swabey History, Family Crest & Coats of Arms

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.

Early Origins of the Swabey family

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.

Early History of the Swabey family

This web page shows only a small excerpt of our Swabey research. Another 114 words (8 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.

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.

Early Notables of the Swabey family (pre 1700)

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United States Swabey migration to the United States +

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:

Swabey Settlers in United States in the 19th Century
  • Arthur L. M. Swabey, aged 23, originally from London, arrived in New York in 1892 aboard the ship "City of Chester" from Liverpool, England [1]
  • Annie Swabey, aged 27, arrived in New York in 1894 aboard the ship "Britannic" from Liverpool, England [2]
Swabey Settlers in United States in the 20th Century
  • Lawrence Swabey, aged 27, originally from Enfield, England, arrived in New York in 1919 aboard the ship "France" from Le Havre, France [3]

Contemporary Notables of the name Swabey (post 1700) +

  • Vice-Admiral Sir George Thomas Carlisle Parker Swabey KBE CB DSO (1881-1952), English Royal Navy officer, Commander-in-Chief of the New Zealand Division
  • Ff Iona Swabey, British independent scholar, reviewer, and broadcaster
  • Matthew A Swabey, British professor of the School of Electronics and Computer Science at University of Southampton


The Swabey 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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