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Swales is one of the names that was brought to England in the wave of migration following the Norman Conquest of 1066. The Swales family lived in Yorkshire, at Swale.

Swales Early Origins



The surname S Wales was first found in Yorkshire where they held a family seat as Lords of the Manor of Swale from ancient times. Although the Manor does not appear in the Domesday Book in 1086 the first recorded date is of John Swale who held the Lordship. He married Alice, daughter of Gilbert de Gaunt, and related to John of Gaunt about 1150. At this time he held the manor of West Grenton or Grinton in Swaledale. South Stainley in the West Riding of Yorkshire was an ancient family seat. "This place was the property of Sir Solomon Swale, who suffered severely for his loyalty during the parliamentary war, and was presented with the first baronetcy conferred after the Restoration. Sir Solomon, in those unsettled times, having neglected to sue out a renewal of the lease by which he held some property under the crown, a chancery clerk, noticing the omission, obtained it for himself, and involved the Baronet in a litigation which, in a few years, ended in his becoming a prisoner in the king's bench, where he died of a broken heart. Stainley Hall, the ancient family seat, is now a ruin." [1]CITATION[CLOSE]
Lewis, Samuel, A Topographical Dictionary of England. Institute of Historical Research, 1848, Print.

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Swales Spelling Variations


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Swales Spelling Variations



Before the advent of the printing press and the first dictionaries, the English language was not standardized. Sound was what guided spelling in the Middle Ages, so one person's name was often recorded under several variations during a single lifetime. Spelling variations were common, even among the names of the most literate people. Known variations of the Swales family name include S Wales, Swale, Swalles, Swaile, Swailles, Swailes and many more.

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Swales Early History


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Swales Early History



This web page shows only a small excerpt of our Swales research. Another 171 words (12 lines of text) covering the years 166 and 1660 are included under the topic Early Swales History in all our PDF Extended History products and printed products wherever possible.

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Swales Early Notables (pre 1700)


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Swales Early Notables (pre 1700)



More information is included under the topic Early Swales 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



To escape the political and religious chaos of this era, thousands of English families began to migrate to the New World in search of land and freedom from religious and political persecution. The passage was expensive and the ships were dark, crowded, and unsafe; however, those who made the voyage safely were encountered opportunities that were not available to them in their homeland. Many of the families that reached the New World at this time went on to make important contributions to the emerging nations of the United States and Canada. Research into various historical records has revealed some of first members of the S Wales family to immigrate North America:

Swales Settlers in United States in the 17th Century

  • George Swales who settled in St. Christopher in 1635
  • Geo S Wales, aged 19, arrived in St Christopher in 1635

Swales Settlers in United States in the 19th Century

  • Henry Swales, aged 41, landed in Virginia in 1813
  • Thomas Swales, who arrived in Morgan County, Illinois in 1835
  • Catherine Swales, aged 31, who landed in America from England, in 1892
  • Mary Swales, aged 49, who landed in America from England, in 1892
  • Thomas Swales, aged 18, who settled in America, in 1895

Swales Settlers in United States in the 20th Century

  • Emily Swales, aged 50, who settled in America from Derbyshire, in 1903
  • Albert Wn. Swales, aged 45, who landed in America from Rarrow Leviners, England., in 1908
  • Ernest Swales, aged 38, who emigrated to the United States from Openshaw, England, in 1909
  • James Conney Swales, aged 16, who landed in America from Barrow in Furness, England, in 1910
  • John R. Swales, aged 21, who emigrated to America from Barrow in Furness, England, in 1910
  • ... (More are available in all our PDF Extended History products and printed products wherever possible.)

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Contemporary Notables of the name S Wales (post 1700)


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Contemporary Notables of the name Swales (post 1700)



  • Peter J. Swales (b. 1948), Welsh historian of psychoanalysis and former assistant to the Rolling Stones
  • Penelope Swales, Australian songwriter, singer and musician
  • Kim S Wales, British Professor of Economics
  • John Malcolm Swales (b. 1938), British linguist
  • Ian Cameron Swales (b. 1953), British Liberal Democrat politician
  • Captain Edwin Swales VC, DFC (1915-1945), South African pilot awarded the Victoria Cross during WWII

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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: Jesu, esto mihi Jesus
Motto Translation: Jesus, be my Savior


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Citations


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Citations



  1. ^ Lewis, Samuel, A Topographical Dictionary of England. Institute of Historical Research, 1848, Print.

Other References

  1. Magnusson, Magnus. Chambers Biographical Dictionary 5th edition. Edinburgh: W & R Chambers, 1990. Print.
  2. 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.
  3. Markale, J. Celtic Civilization. London: Gordon & Cremonesi, 1976. Print.
  4. Elster, Robert J. International Who's Who. London: Europa/Routledge. Print.
  5. Foster, Joseph. Dictionary of Heraldry Feudal Coats of Arms and Pedigrees. London: Bracken Books, 1989. Print. (ISBN 1-85170-309-8).
  6. Thirsk, Joan. The Agrarian History of England and Wales. Cambridge: Cambridge University Press: 7 Volumes. Print.
  7. MacAulay, Thomas Babington. History of England from the Accession of James the Second 4 volumes. New York: Harper and Brothers, 1879. Print.
  8. Burke, Sir Bernard. General Armory Of England, Scotland, Ireland and Wales. Ramsbury: Heraldry Today. Print.
  9. Colletta, John P. They Came In Ships. Salt Lake City: Ancestry, 1993. Print.
  10. Bardsley, C.W. A Dictionary of English and Welsh Surnames: With Special American Instances. Wiltshire: Heraldry Today, 1901. Print. (ISBN 0-900455-44-6).
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The Swales Family Crest was acquired from the Houseofnames.com archives. The Swales 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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