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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 [2]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)
  • Mary Swafford, aged 33 who emigrated to the United States in 1895

Swafford Settlers in New Zealand in the 19th Century

  • William Swafford, who 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)
  2. ^ 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)

Other References

  1. Ingram, Rev. James. Translator Anglo-Saxon Chronicle 1823. Print.
  2. Bowman, George Ernest. The Mayflower Reader A Selection of Articales from The Mayflower Descendent. Baltimore: Genealogical Publishing. Print.
  3. Elster, Robert J. International Who's Who. London: Europa/Routledge. Print.
  4. Hanks, Hodges, Mills and Room. The Oxford Names Companion. Oxford: Oxford University Press, 2002. Print. (ISBN 0-19-860561-7).
  5. Colletta, John P. They Came In Ships. Salt Lake City: Ancestry, 1993. Print.
  6. Williams, Dr Ann. And G.H. Martin . Domesday Book A Complete Translation. London: Penguin, 1992. Print. (ISBN 0-141-00523-8).
  7. Innes, Thomas and Learney. The Tartans of the Clans and Families of Scotland 1st Edition. Edinburgh: W & A. K. Johnston Limited, 1938. Print.
  8. Sanders, Joanne McRee Edition. English Settlers in Barbados 1637-1800. Baltimore: Genealogical Publishing. Print.
  9. MacAulay, Thomas Babington. History of England from the Accession of James the Second 4 volumes. New York: Harper and Brothers, 1879. Print.
  10. 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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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.

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