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Swank Early Origins



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 Sonwi c. 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]CITATION[CLOSE]
Lewis, Samuel, A Topographical Dictionary of England. Institute of Historical Research, 1848, Print.
Literally both places mean "dairy farm of the herdsman," from the Old English words "swan" + "wic." [2]CITATION[CLOSE]
Mills, A.D., Dictionary of English Place-Names. Oxford: Oxford University Press, 1991. Print. (ISBN 0-19-869156-4)
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.

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Swank Spelling Variations


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Swank Spelling Variations



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

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Swank Early History


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Swank Early History



This web page shows only a small excerpt of our Swank research. Another 181 words (13 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.

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Swank Early Notables (pre 1700)


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Swank Early Notables (pre 1700)



More information is included under the topic Early Swank 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



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
  • George Swank, who arrived in Philadelphia, Pennsylvania in 1755
  • Nicholas Swank, who landed in Pennsylvania in 1755

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Contemporary Notables of the name Swank (post 1700)


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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
  • Richard A. Swank, American Democrat politician, Candidate for U.S. Representative from Pennsylvania 16th District, 1954
  • John W. Swank, American politician, Mayor of Newark, Ohio, 1952-54
  • George T. Swank, American Republican politician, Postmaster at Johnstown, Pennsylvania, 1874-86; Delegate to Republican National Convention from Pennsylvania, 1888
  • 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
  • Emory Coblentz Swank (1922-2010), American politician, U.S. Ambassador to Cambodia, 1970-73
  • 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

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Suggested Readings for the name Swank


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Suggested Readings for the name Swank



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

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See Also


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Citations


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Citations



  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)

Other References

  1. Bowman, George Ernest. The Mayflower Reader A Selection of Articales from The Mayflower Descendent. Baltimore: Genealogical Publishing. Print.
  2. Magnusson, Magnus. Chambers Biographical Dictionary 5th edition. Edinburgh: W & R Chambers, 1990. Print.
  3. Ingram, Rev. James. Translator Anglo-Saxon Chronicle 1823. Print.
  4. Burke, John Bernard Ed. The Roll of Battle Abbey. Baltimore: Genealogical Publishing. Print.
  5. Shirley, Evelyn Philip. Noble and Gentle Men of England Or Notes Touching The Arms and Descendants of the Ancient Knightley and Gentle Houses of England Arranged in their Respective Counties 3rd Edition. Westminster: John Bowyer Nichols and Sons, 1866. Print.
  6. Crozier, William Armstrong Edition. Crozier's General Armory A Registry of American Families Entitled to Coat Armor. New York: Fox, Duffield, 1904. Print.
  7. Crispin, M. Jackson and Leonce Mary. Falaise Roll Recording Prominent Companions of William Duke of Normandy at the Conquest of England. Baltimore: Genealogical Publishing. Print.
  8. Lennard, Reginald. Rural England 1086-1135 A Study of Social and Agrarian Conditions. Oxford: Clarendon Press, 1959. Print.
  9. Zieber, Eugene. Heraldry in America. Philadelphia: Genealogical Publishing Co. Print.
  10. Thirsk, Joan. The Agrarian History of England and Wales. Cambridge: Cambridge University Press: 7 Volumes. Print.
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The Swank Family Crest was acquired from the Houseofnames.com archives. The Swank 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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