Swadling History, Family Crest & Coats of Arms

Early Origins of the Swadling family

The surname Swadling was first found in Derbyshire where they held a family seat as Lords of the Manor. After the Battle of Hastings in 1066, William, Duke of Normandy, having prevailed over King Harold, granted most of Britain to his many victorious Barons. It was not uncommon to find a Baron, or a Bishop, with 60 or more Lordships scattered throughout the country. These he gave to his sons, nephews and other junior lines of his family and they became known as under-tenants. They adopted the Norman system of surnames which identified the under-tenant with his holdings so as to distinguish him from the senior stem of the family. After many rebellious wars between his Barons, Duke William, commissioned a census of all England to determine in 1086, settling once and for all, who held which land. He called the census the Domesday Book, [1] indicating that those holders registered would hold the land until the end of time. Hence, conjecturally, the surname is descended from the tenant of the lands of Swadlincote which was held by Nigel of Stafford, son of Roger de Stafford, a Norman Baron, who was recorded in the Domesday Book census of 1086.

Early History of the Swadling family

This web page shows only a small excerpt of our Swadling research. Another 38 words (3 lines of text) covering the years 1600 and 1670 are included under the topic Early Swadling History in all our PDF Extended History products and printed products wherever possible.

Swadling Spelling Variations

Spelling variations of this family name include: Swadling, Swadley, Swadlin, Swadlincote, Swaddle and many more.

Early Notables of the Swadling family (pre 1700)

Another 27 words (2 lines of text) are included under the topic Early Swadling Notables in all our PDF Extended History products and printed products wherever possible.


New Zealand Swadling migration to New Zealand +

Emigration to New Zealand followed in the footsteps of the European explorers, such as Captain Cook (1769-70): first came sealers, whalers, missionaries, and traders. By 1838, the British New Zealand Company had begun buying land from the Maori tribes, and selling it to settlers, and, after the Treaty of Waitangi in 1840, many British families set out on the arduous six month journey from Britain to Aotearoa to start a new life. Early immigrants include:

Swadling Settlers in New Zealand in the 19th Century
  • William Swadling, aged 19, a farm labourer, who arrived in Wellington, New Zealand aboard the ship "Hudson" in 1879

Contemporary Notables of the name Swadling (post 1700) +

  • Kerrie Swadling Ph.D., Research Fellow in the School of Zoology at the University of Tasmania
  • William Swadling, Fellow and Tutor in Law at Brasenose College


  1. ^ Williams, Dr Ann. And G.H. Martin, Eds., Domesday Book A Complete Translation. London: Penguin, 1992. Print. (ISBN 0-141-00523-8)


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