Swank History, Family Crest & Coats of Arms

Early Origins of the Swank family

The surname Swank was first found in Derbyshire in Swanwick, a hamlet, in the parish of Alfreton, union of Belper, hundred of Scarsdale. Alternatively the name could have originated in Swanwick, a markettown and parish, in the union of Wareham and Purbeck, hundred of Rowbarrow in Dorset. This latter parish dates back to "the Saxon Chronicle [where] this place is called Swanawic; Asser Menevensis styles it Swanavine and Gnavewic, and in Domesday Book it is written Swanwic and Sonwic. The earliest and principal historical circumstance on record connected with it is the destruction by a violent storm, in 877, of a Danish fleet of 120 sail, on Peveril Point." [1] Literally both places mean "dairy farm of the herdsman," from the Old English words "swan" + "wic." [2] Conjecturally, the surname is descended from the tenant of the lands in the parish of Alfreton in Derbyshire, held by Ingran from Roger de Bully, a Norman Baron, who was recorded in the Domesday Book census of 1086.

Early History of the Swank family

This web page shows only a small excerpt of our Swank research. Another 91 words (6 lines of text) covering the years 1279 and 1604 are included under the topic Early Swank History in all our PDF Extended History products and printed products wherever possible.

Swank Spelling Variations

Spelling variations of this family name include: Swannick, Swanwick, Swancock, Swank, Swannick, Swennick, Swancot, Swancott, Swancock and many more.

Early Notables of the Swank family (pre 1700)

More information is included under the topic Early Swank Notables in all our PDF Extended History products and printed products wherever possible.


United States Swank migration to the United States +

Some of the first settlers of this family name were:

Swank Settlers in United States in the 18th Century
  • Geo Swank, who landed in Pennsylvania in 1755 [3]
  • George Swank, who arrived in Philadelphia, Pennsylvania in 1755 [3]
  • Nicholas Swank, who landed in Pennsylvania in 1755 [3]

Contemporary Notables of the name Swank (post 1700) +

  • Roy L. Swank (1909-2008), American dietitian, who developed The Swank Diet, a low saturated fat diet for the treatment of multiple sclerosis
  • Fletcher B. Swank (1875-1950), American politician, U.S. Representative from Oklahoma (1921-1929)
  • Jean H. Swank, American project scientist for NASA's Rossi X-ray Timing Explorer mission
  • Hilary Ann Swank (b. 1974), American actress who is the third youngest woman in history to win two "Best Actress" Academy Awards. She has an additional 35 awards and 17 nominations to her credit
  • William George Swank (b. 1940), American sports writer
  • Richard A. Swank, American Democrat politician, Candidate for U.S. Representative from Pennsylvania 16th District, 1954 [4]
  • John W. Swank, American politician, Mayor of Newark, Ohio, 1952-54 [4]
  • George T. Swank, American Republican politician, Postmaster at Johnstown, Pennsylvania, 1874-86; Delegate to Republican National Convention from Pennsylvania, 1888 [4]
  • Fletcher B. Swank (1875-1950), American Democrat politician, Cleveland County Judge, 1911-14; District Judge in Oklahoma 14th District, 1915-20; U.S. Representative from Oklahoma 5th District, 1921-29, 1931-35 [4]
  • Emory Coblentz Swank (1922-2010), American politician, U.S. Ambassador to Cambodia, 1970-73 [4]


Suggested Readings for the name Swank +

  • 4093 "The John Swank Genealogy Line" by Gladys Rae Swank, "Some Descendants of John Swank and his Wife Rosannah Summit" by Williams Johnson Swank.

  1. ^ Lewis, Samuel, A Topographical Dictionary of England. Institute of Historical Research, 1848, Print.
  2. ^ Mills, A.D., Dictionary of English Place-Names. Oxford: Oxford University Press, 1991. Print. (ISBN 0-19-869156-4)
  3. ^ Filby, P. William, Meyer, Mary K., Passenger and immigration lists index : a guide to published arrival records of about 500,000 passengers who came to the United States and Canada in the seventeenth, eighteenth, and nineteenth centuries. 1982-1985 Cumulated Supplements in Four Volumes Detroit, Mich. : Gale Research Co., 1985, Print (ISBN 0-8103-1795-8)
  4. ^ The Political Graveyard: Alphabetical Name Index. (Retrieved 2015, December 8) . Retrieved from http://politicalgraveyard.com/alpha/index.html


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