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Swafford Early Origins



The surname Swafford 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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Swafford Spelling Variations


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Swafford Spelling Variations



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

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Swafford Early History


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Swafford Early History



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

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Swafford Early Notables (pre 1700)


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Swafford Early Notables (pre 1700)



More information is included under the topic Early Swafford 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:

Swafford Settlers in United States in the 19th Century

  • J W Swafford, who arrived in San Francisco, California in 1851
  • Mary Swafford, aged 33 who emigrated to the United States in 1895

Swafford Settlers in New Zealand in the 19th Century

  • William Swafford landed in Wellington, New Zealand in 1840

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Contemporary Notables of the name Swafford (post 1700)


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Contemporary Notables of the name Swafford (post 1700)



  • Thomas J. R. Swafford (d. 1884), American Democrat politician, Member of Tennessee State Senate, 1884
  • John Swafford, American Republican politician, Alternate Delegate to Republican National Convention from Tennessee, 2008
  • James M. Swafford, American Republican politician, Candidate for U.S. Representative from Texas 14th District, 1948
  • Billie Swafford (b. 1975), American professional baseball player
  • Jan Swafford (b. 1946), American composer and author who teaches composition, theory, and musicology
  • Amanda Lynn Swafford (b. 1978), American fashion model and television personality
  • Joel Swafford (b. 1963), British professional footballer

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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. Shaw, William A. Knights of England A Complete Record from the Earliest Time to the Present Day of the Knights of all the Orders of Chivalry in England, Scotland, Ireland and Knights Bachelors 2 Volumes. Baltimore: Genealogical Publishing. Print. (ISBN 080630443X).
  2. Weis, Frederick Lewis, Walter Lee Sheppard and David Faris. Ancestral Roots of Sixty Colonists Who Came to New England Between 1623 and 1650 7th Edition. Baltimore: Genealogical Publishing, 1992. Print. (ISBN 0806313676).
  3. Humble, Richard. The Fall of Saxon England. New York: Barnes and Noble, 1975. Print. (ISBN 0-88029-987-8).
  4. Bede, The Venerable. Historia Ecclesiatica Gentis Anglorum (The Ecclesiastical History Of the English People). Available through Internet Medieval Sourcebook the Fordham University Centre for Medieval Studies. Print.
  5. Burke, Sir Bernard. General Armory Of England, Scotland, Ireland and Wales. Ramsbury: Heraldry Today. Print.
  6. Bullock, L.G. Historical Map of England and Wales. Edinburgh: Bartholomew and Son, 1971. Print.
  7. Lennard, Reginald. Rural England 1086-1135 A Study of Social and Agrarian Conditions. Oxford: Clarendon Press, 1959. Print.
  8. Chadwick, Nora Kershaw and J.X.W.P Corcoran. The Celts. London: Penguin, 1790. Print. (ISBN 0140212116).
  9. Holt, J.C. Ed. Domesday Studies. Woodbridge: Boydell, 1987. Print. (ISBN 0-85115-477-8).
  10. Colletta, John P. They Came In Ships. Salt Lake City: Ancestry, 1993. Print.
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The Swafford Family Crest was acquired from the Houseofnames.com archives. The Swafford 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.

This page was last modified on 18 June 2016 at 09:32.

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