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Early Origins of the Swaffield family

The surname Swaffield was first found in Norfolk at Swaffield, a parish, in the Tunstead and Happing incorporation, hundred of Tunstead. [1]

Anciently known as Suafelda in the Domesday Book, [2] by c. 1150, it was known as Suathefeld. [3]

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.

Early History of the Swaffield family

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Swaffield Spelling Variations

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

Early Notables of the Swaffield family

Outstanding amongst the family at this time was

  • the Swaffield family of Norfolk

United States Swaffield migration to the United States +

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 [4]

Australia Swaffield migration to Australia +

Emigration to Australia followed the First Fleets of convicts, tradespeople and early settlers. Early immigrants include:

Swaffield Settlers in Australia in the 19th Century
  • Fanny Swaffield, aged 18, a servant, who arrived in South Australia in 1858 aboard the ship "Utopia"
  • Mary Ann Swaffield, aged 22, a servant, who arrived in South Australia in 1858 aboard the ship "Utopia"

Contemporary Notables of the name Swaffield (post 1700) +

  • 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)
  • Roland G. Swaffield, American politician, Delegate to California convention to ratify 21st amendment, 1933 [5]
  • Jim Swaffield, marketing professor and consultant, researcher in consumer psychology and former Faculty of Management, University of Lethbridge,
  • 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

  1. Lewis, Samuel, A Topographical Dictionary of England. Institute of Historical Research, 1848, Print.
  2. Williams, Dr Ann. And G.H. Martin, Eds., Domesday Book A Complete Translation. London: Penguin, 1992. Print. (ISBN 0-141-00523-8)
  3. Mills, A.D., Dictionary of English Place-Names. Oxford: Oxford University Press, 1991. Print. (ISBN 0-19-869156-4)
  4. Filby, P. William, Meyer, Mary K., Passenger and immigration lists index : a guide to published arrival records of about 500,000 passengers who came to the United States and Canada in the seventeenth, eighteenth, and nineteenth centuries. 1982-1985 Cumulated Supplements in Four Volumes Detroit, Mich. : Gale Research Co., 1985, Print (ISBN 0-8103-1795-8)
  5. The Political Graveyard: Alphabetical Name Index. (Retrieved 2015, October 8) . Retrieved from on Facebook