Show ContentsSwanepoel History, Family Crest & Coats of Arms

The distinguished Dutch surname Swanepoel is derived from "Swanepoel," the name of a village in the Dutch province of Gelderland. It is likely that the first bearer of this name was a resident of this village.

Early Origins of the Swanepoel family

The surname Swanepoel was first found in Holland, where the name originated. During the Middle Ages, it was a common practice to refer to a new resident of a village by the name of his hometown; thus, it is possible that the progenitor of the name was a native of the town of Swanepoel who had settled in another region.

Early History of the Swanepoel family

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Swanepoel Spelling Variations

Spelling variations of this family name include: Swanepoel, Swanpool, Swaen, Swaenpoel and others.

Early Notables of the Swanepoel family

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Swanepoel Ranking

In South Africa, the name Swanepoel is the 117th most popular surname with an estimated 47,201 people with that name. 1

Migration of the Swanepoel family

Some of the first settlers of this family name or some of its variants were: Jan Swaen, who arrived in New Netherlands in 1663; as well as Juliana Swaenepoel, who arrived in America from Belgium, through Ellis Island in 1920.

Contemporary Notables of the name Swanepoel (post 1700) +

  • Stefan J M Swanepoel (b. 1958), American best-selling author, motivational speaker and International Entrepreneur
  • Stephan Jacobus Swanepoel (b. 1981), Namibian cricketer
  • Pieter Johannes Swanepoel (b. 1977), South African first-class cricketer
  • Landi Swanepoel (b. 1979), South African model
  • Corney Swanepoel (b. 1986), South African-born, New Zealand bronze medalist butterfly swimmer at the 2008 Short Course Worlds
  • Chris Swanepoel (b. 1984), South African professional golfer
  • Candice Swanepoel (b. 1988), South African model

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