Swafford History, Family Crest & Coats of Arms 

Early Origins of the Swafford family

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] 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.

Important Dates for the Swafford family

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Swafford Spelling Variations

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

Early Notables of the Swafford family (pre 1700)

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Swafford migration to the United States

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]
  • Mary Swafford, aged 33 who immigrated to the United States in 1895

Swafford migration to New Zealand

Emigration to New Zealand followed in the footsteps of the European explorers, such as Captain Cook (1769-70): first came sealers, whalers, missionaries, and traders. By 1838, the British New Zealand Company had begun buying land from the Maori tribes, and selling it to settlers, and, after the Treaty of Waitangi in 1840, many British families set out on the arduous six month journey from Britain to Aotearoa to start a new life. Early immigrants include:

Swafford Settlers in New Zealand in the 19th Century
  • William Swafford, who landed in Wellington, New Zealand in 1840

Contemporary Notables of the name Swafford (post 1700)

  • 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
  • Thomas J. R. Swafford (d. 1884), American Democrat politician, Member of Tennessee State Senate, 1884 [3]
  • John Swafford, American Republican politician, Alternate Delegate to Republican National Convention from Tennessee, 2008 [3]
  • James M. Swafford, American Republican politician, Candidate for U.S. Representative from Texas 14th District, 1948 [3]
  • Joel Swafford (b. 1963), British professional footballer

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  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)
  3. ^ The Political Graveyard: Alphabetical Name Index. (Retrieved 2015, October 8) . Retrieved from http://politicalgraveyard.com/alpha/index.html
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