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The saga of the name Swaine begins among the Viking settlers who arrived in Scotland in the medieval era. The name Swaine is derived from the Old English personal name Swein, which was originally derived from the Old Norse name Sveinn. This was one of the most common Scandinavian names in medieval Britain.

Swaine Early Origins



The surname Swaine was first found in Lanarkshire (Gaelic: Siorrachd Lannraig) a former county in the central Strathclyde region of Scotland, now divided into the Council Areas of North Lanarkshire, South Lanarkshire, and the City of Glasgow, from very early times.

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Swaine Spelling Variations


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Swaine Spelling Variations



Contemporary spellings of ancient Scottish names often bear little resemblance to the original recorded versions. These spelling variations result from the fact that medieval scribes spelled words and names alike according to their sounds. Swaine has been spelled Swan, Swann, Swanner, Swani, Swayne, Swein, Sweing, Sweyn and many more.

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Swaine Early History


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Swaine Early History



This web page shows only a small excerpt of our Swaine research. Another 405 words (29 lines of text) covering the years 1100, 1100, 1214, 1250, 1499, 1521, 1585, 1690 and 1680 are included under the topic Early Swaine History in all our PDF Extended History products and printed products wherever possible.

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Swaine Early Notables (pre 1700)


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Swaine Early Notables (pre 1700)



Another 44 words (3 lines of text) are included under the topic Early Swaine Notables in all our PDF Extended History products and printed products wherever possible.

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Swaine In Ireland


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Swaine In Ireland



Some of the Swaine family moved to Ireland, but this topic is not covered in this excerpt. Another 127 words (9 lines of text) about their life in Ireland is included 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



The colonies on the fertile east coast of North America soon had many farms run by Scots. These hardy settlers provided a backbone for the great nations of the United States and Canada that would emerge in the next centuries. Early North American immigration records have revealed a number of people bearing the Scottish name Swaine or a variant listed above, including:

Swaine Settlers in United States in the 17th Century

  • Stephen Swaine, who landed in Virginia in 1634
  • Tho Swaine, who arrived in Virginia in 1638
  • Pet Swaine, who arrived in Virginia in 1650
  • James Swaine, who arrived in Maryland in 1657
  • John Swaine, who landed in Maryland in 1665
  • ... (More are available in all our PDF Extended History products and printed products wherever possible.)

Swaine Settlers in United States in the 18th Century

  • Elfin Swaine, who landed in Virginia in 1705
  • William Swaine, who landed in America in 1765
  • Edward Swaine, who landed in Philadelphia, Pennsylvania in 1772

Swaine Settlers in United States in the 19th Century

  • Thomas Swaine, who landed in New York in 1803
  • Barbara Swaine, aged 28, arrived in Mobile, Ala in 1832

Swaine Settlers in Canada in the 18th Century

  • Henry Swaine, who arrived in Nova Scotia in 1749
  • Humphry Swaine, who arrived in Nova Scotia in 1749
  • Humphry Swaine, who landed in Nova Scotia in 1750
  • Joseph Swaine, who arrived in Nova Scotia in 1750
  • Ann Swaine, who landed in Nova Scotia in 1750
  • ... (More are available in all our PDF Extended History products and printed products wherever possible.)

Swaine Settlers in Australia in the 19th Century

  • James Swaine, English convict from Buckinghamshire, who was transported aboard the "Argyle" on March 5th, 1831, settling in Van Diemen's Land, Australia [1]CITATION[CLOSE]
    State Library of Queensland. (Retrieved 2015, January 8) Argyle voyage to Van Diemen's Land, Australia in 1831 with 251 passengers. Retrieved from http://www.convictrecords.com.au/ships/argyle/1831
  • John Swaine, English convict from York, who was transported aboard the "Anson" on September 23, 1843, settling in Van Diemen's Land, Australia [2]CITATION[CLOSE]
    State Library of Queensland. (Retrieved 2015, January 8) Anson voyage to Van Diemen's Land, Australia in 1843 with 499 passengers. Retrieved from http://www.convictrecords.com.au/ships/anson/1843
  • Maria Swaine, English convict from Staffordshire, who was transported aboard the "Angelina" on April 25, 1844, settling in Van Diemen's Land, Australia [3]CITATION[CLOSE]
    State Library of Queensland. (Retrieved 2014, November 27) Angelina voyage to Van Diemen's Land, Australia in 1844 with 171 passengers. Retrieved from http://www.convictrecords.com.au/ships/angelina/1844

Swaine Settlers in New Zealand in the 19th Century

  • Edward Swaine arrived in Wellington, New Zealand aboard the ship "Alma" in 1857
  • Eliza Swaine arrived in Wellington, New Zealand aboard the ship "Alma" in 1857

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Contemporary Notables of the name Swaine (post 1700)


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Contemporary Notables of the name Swaine (post 1700)



  • Howard R. Swaine, American politician, Mayor of Marquette, Michigan, 1977
  • Elizabeth "Liz" Swaine (b. 1960), American journalist and former civil servant
  • Major-General Sir Leopold Victor Swaine KCB CMG (1840-1931), British army officer
  • John Swaine (1775-1860), English draughtsman and engraver
  • Francis Swaine (1725-1782), British marine painter, severla of his works are in the National Maritime Museum in London
  • Sir John Joseph Swaine CBE, QC, JP, LLD, (b. 1932), President of the Legislative Council of Hong Kong from 1993 to 1995

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Motto


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Motto



The motto was originally a war cry or slogan. Mottoes first began to be shown with arms in the 14th and 15th centuries, but were not in general use until the 17th century. Thus the oldest coats of arms generally do not include a motto. Mottoes seldom form part of the grant of arms: Under most heraldic authorities, a motto is an optional component of the coat of arms, and can be added to or changed at will; many families have chosen not to display a motto.

Motto: Fidelitas
Motto Translation: Fidelity.


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Citations


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  1. ^ State Library of Queensland. (Retrieved 2015, January 8) Argyle voyage to Van Diemen's Land, Australia in 1831 with 251 passengers. Retrieved from http://www.convictrecords.com.au/ships/argyle/1831
  2. ^ State Library of Queensland. (Retrieved 2015, January 8) Anson voyage to Van Diemen's Land, Australia in 1843 with 499 passengers. Retrieved from http://www.convictrecords.com.au/ships/anson/1843
  3. ^ State Library of Queensland. (Retrieved 2014, November 27) Angelina voyage to Van Diemen's Land, Australia in 1844 with 171 passengers. Retrieved from http://www.convictrecords.com.au/ships/angelina/1844

Other References

  1. Moody David. Scottish Family History. Baltimore: Genealogical Publishing, 1994. Print. (ISBN 0806312688).
  2. Browning, Charles H. Americans of Royal Descent. Baltimore: Genealogical Publishing. Print.
  3. Burke, Sir Bernard. Genealogical and Heraldic History of the Landed Gentry Including American Families with British Ancestry 2 Volumes. London: Burke Publishing, 1939. Print.
  4. Best, Hugh. Debrett's Texas Peerage. New York: Coward-McCann, 1983. Print. (ISBN 069811244X).
  5. Innes, Thomas and Learney. Scots Heraldry A Practical Handbook on the Historical Principles and Mordern Application of the Art and Science. London: Oliver and Boyd, 1934. Print.
  6. The Norman People and Their Existing Descendants in the British Dominions and the United States Of America. Baltimore: Genealogical Publishing, 1975. Print. (ISBN 0-8063-0636-X).
  7. Scarlett, James D. Tartan The Highland Textile. London: Shepheard-Walwyn, 1990. Print. (ISBN 0-85683-120-4).
  8. Barrow, G.W.S Ed. The Charters of David I The Written Acts of David I King of Scots, 1124-53 and of His Son Henry, Earl of Northumerland, 1139-52. Woodbridge: The Boydell Press, 1999. Print.
  9. Innes, Thomas and Learney. Socts Heraldry A Practical Handbook on the Historical Principles and Modern Application of the Art of Science. London: Oliver and Boyd, 1934. Print.
  10. Crozier, William Armstrong Edition. Crozier's General Armory A Registry of American Families Entitled to Coat Armor. New York: Fox, Duffield, 1904. Print.
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The Swaine Family Crest was acquired from the Houseofnames.com archives. The Swaine 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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