Swallows is one of the many names that the Normans
brought with them when they conquered England
in 1066. The Swallows family lived in Lincolnshire
, in the parish of Swallow.
Early Origins of the Swallows family
The surname Swallows was 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.
Early History of the Swallows family
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Swallows Spelling Variations
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.
Early Notables of the Swallows family (pre 1700)
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Migration of the Swallows family to the New World and Oceana
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 Swallows name or one of its variants: James Swallow arrived in Pennsylvania in 1774; William Swallow arrived in Pennsylvania in 1868.