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Where did the English Swallow family come from? What is the English Swallow family crest and coat of arms? When did the Swallow family first arrive in the United States? Where did the various branches of the family go? What is the Swallow family history?Swallow is one of the many names that the Normans brought with them when they conquered England in 1066. The Swallow family lived in Lincolnshire, in the parish of Swallow.
Anglo-Norman names tend to be marked by an enormous number of spelling variations. This is largely due to the fact that Old and Middle English lacked any spelling rules when Norman French was introduced in the 11th century. The languages of the English courts at that time were French and Latin. These various languages mixed quite freely in the evolving social milieu. The final element of this mix is that medieval scribes spelled words according to their sounds rather than any definite rules, so a name was often spelled in as many different ways as the number of documents it appeared in. The name was spelled Swallow, Swalow, Swallowe, Swaylow and others.
First found in Lincolnshire where they were anciently Lords of the manor of Swallow, originally Saulun, shown in the Domesday Book survey of 1086 as being held by Alfred of Lincoln, from Count Alan, from the Bishop of Bayeux and the Archbishop of York. Conjecturally, this family name is descended from Alfred, the first Lord of the Manor in 1066.
This web page shows only a small excerpt of our Swallow research. Another 221 words(16 lines of text) covering the years 1650 and 1666 are included under the topic Early Swallow History in all our PDF Extended History products.
More information is included under the topic Early Swallow Notables in all our PDF Extended History products.
Because of the political and religious discontent in England, families began to migrate abroad in enormous numbers. Faced with persecution and starvation at home, the open frontiers and generally less oppressive social environment of the New World seemed tantalizing indeed to many English people. The trip was difficult, and not all made it unscathed, but many of those who did get to Canada and the United States made important contributions to the young nations in which they settled. Some of the first North American settlers with Swallow name or one of its variants:
Swallow Settlers in United States in the 17th Century
Swallow Settlers in United States in the 18th Century
Swallow Settlers in United States in the 19th Century
Swallow Settlers in Canada in the 18th Century
Swallow Settlers in Australia in the 19th Century
Swallow Settlers in New Zealand in the 19th Century
The Swallow Family Crest was acquired from the Houseofnames.com archives. The Swallow 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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