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Swaffield Early Origins



The surname Swaffield was first found in Norfolk 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]CITATION[CLOSE]
Williams, Dr Ann. And G.H. Martin, Eds., Domesday Book A Complete Translation. London: Penguin, 1992. Print. (ISBN 0-141-00523-8)
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 village and lands of Swafiled, Ranulf, brother of Liger, and Norman noble, who was recorded in the Domesday Book census of 1086.

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Swaffield Spelling Variations


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Swaffield Spelling Variations



Spelling variations of this family name include: Swaffield, Swafeild, Swafiled, Swafield and others.

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Swaffield Early History


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Swaffield Early History



This web page shows only a small excerpt of our Swaffield research. Another 187 words (13 lines of text) covering the years 1201, 1350, and 1406 are included under the topic Early Swaffield History in all our PDF Extended History products and printed products wherever possible.

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Swaffield Early Notables (pre 1700)


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Swaffield Early Notables (pre 1700)



More information is included under the topic Early Swaffield 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



Some of the first settlers of this family name were:

Swaffield Settlers in United States in the 20th Century

  • Albert Edward Swaffield, who landed in California in 1904

Swaffield Settlers in Australia in the 19th Century

  • Fanny Swaffield, aged 18, a servant, arrived in South Australia in 1858 aboard the ship "Utopia"
  • Mary Ann Swaffield, aged 22, a servant, arrived in South Australia in 1858 aboard the ship "Utopia"

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Contemporary Notables of the name Swaffield (post 1700)


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Contemporary Notables of the name Swaffield (post 1700)



  • Roland G. Swaffield, American politician, Delegate to California convention to ratify 21st amendment, 1933
  • Jim Swaffield, American two-time Grammy Award nominated director and editor, known for Trapped in the Closet: Chapters 1-12 (2005), Trapped in the Closet: Chapters 13-22 (2007) and Britney Spears: Greatest Hits-My Prerogative (2004)
  • Joanna K Swaffield Ph.D., Senior Lecturer in Economics at the University of York
  • Simon Richard Swaffield Ph.D., Professor of Landscape Architecture at Lincoln University in New Zealand
  • Jim Swaffield, Faculty of Management, University of Lethbridge

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Citations


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Citations



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

Other References

  1. Burke, Sir Bernard. Burke's Genealogical and Heraldic History of the Landed Gentry: Including American Families with British Ancestry. (2 Volumes). London: Burke Publishing, 1939. Print.
  2. Hanks, Hodges, Mills and Room. The Oxford Names Companion. Oxford: Oxford University Press, 2002. Print. (ISBN 0-19-860561-7).
  3. Crozier, William Armstrong Edition. Crozier's General Armory A Registry of American Families Entitled to Coat Armor. New York: Fox, Duffield, 1904. Print.
  4. Mills, A.D. Dictionary of English Place-Names. Oxford: Oxford University Press, 1991. Print. (ISBN 0-19-869156-4).
  5. Sanders, Joanne McRee Edition. English Settlers in Barbados 1637-1800. Baltimore: Genealogical Publishing. Print.
  6. Humble, Richard. The Fall of Saxon England. New York: Barnes and Noble, 1975. Print. (ISBN 0-88029-987-8).
  7. Burke, Sir Bernard. Genealogical and Heraldic History of the Peerage and Baronetage, The Privy Council, Knightage and Compainonage. London: Burke Publishing, 1921. Print.
  8. Filby, P. William and Mary K Meyer. Passenger and Immigration Lists Index in Four Volumes. Detroit: Gale Research, 1985. Print. (ISBN 0-8103-1795-8).
  9. Shirley, Evelyn Philip. Noble and Gentle Men of England Or Notes Touching The Arms and Descendants of the Ancient Knightley and Gentle Houses of England Arranged in their Respective Counties 3rd Edition. Westminster: John Bowyer Nichols and Sons, 1866. Print.
  10. Hinde, Thomas Ed. The Domesday Book England's Heritage Then and Now. Surrey: Colour Library Books, 1995. Print. (ISBN 1-85833-440-3).
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The Swaffield Family Crest was acquired from the Houseofnames.com archives. The Swaffield 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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