Early Origins of the Swaffield family
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
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.
Early History of the Swaffield family
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Swaffield Spelling Variations
of this family name include: Swaffield, Swafeild, Swafiled, Swafield and others.
Early Notables of the Swaffield family (pre 1700)
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Migration of the Swaffield family to the New World and Oceana
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 CITATION[CLOSE]
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)
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 CITATION[CLOSE]
The Political Graveyard: Alphabetical Name Index. (Retrieved 2015, October 8) . Retrieved from http://politicalgraveyard.com/alpha/index.html
- 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