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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 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]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 [3]CITATION[CLOSE]
    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)
  • George Swank, who arrived in Philadelphia, Pennsylvania in 1755 [3]CITATION[CLOSE]
    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)
  • Nicholas Swank, who landed in Pennsylvania in 1755 [3]CITATION[CLOSE]
    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)

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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
  • 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]CITATION[CLOSE]
    The Political Graveyard: Alphabetical Name Index. (Retrieved 2015, December 8) . Retrieved from http://politicalgraveyard.com/alpha/index.html
  • John W. Swank, American politician, Mayor of Newark, Ohio, 1952-54 [4]CITATION[CLOSE]
    The Political Graveyard: Alphabetical Name Index. (Retrieved 2015, December 8) . Retrieved from http://politicalgraveyard.com/alpha/index.html
  • George T. Swank, American Republican politician, Postmaster at Johnstown, Pennsylvania, 1874-86; Delegate to Republican National Convention from Pennsylvania, 1888 [4]CITATION[CLOSE]
    The Political Graveyard: Alphabetical Name Index. (Retrieved 2015, December 8) . Retrieved from http://politicalgraveyard.com/alpha/index.html
  • 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]CITATION[CLOSE]
    The Political Graveyard: Alphabetical Name Index. (Retrieved 2015, December 8) . Retrieved from http://politicalgraveyard.com/alpha/index.html
  • Emory Coblentz Swank (1922-2010), American politician, U.S. Ambassador to Cambodia, 1970-73 [4]CITATION[CLOSE]
    The Political Graveyard: Alphabetical Name Index. (Retrieved 2015, December 8) . Retrieved from http://politicalgraveyard.com/alpha/index.html

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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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Citations


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  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

Other References

  1. Reaney P.H and R.M. Wilson. A Dictionary of English Surnames. London: Routledge, 1991. Print. (ISBN 0-415-05737-X).
  2. Colletta, John P. They Came In Ships. Salt Lake City: Ancestry, 1993. Print.
  3. Fairbairn. Fairbain's book of Crests of the Families of Great Britain and Ireland, 4th Edition 2 volumes in one. Baltimore: Heraldic Book Company, 1968. Print.
  4. 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.
  5. Thirsk, Joan. The Agrarian History of England and Wales. Cambridge: Cambridge University Press: 7 Volumes. Print.
  6. Bardsley, C.W. A Dictionary of English and Welsh Surnames: With Special American Instances. Wiltshire: Heraldry Today, 1901. Print. (ISBN 0-900455-44-6).
  7. Bede, The Venerable. Historia Ecclesiatica Gentis Anglorum (The Ecclesiastical History Of the English People). Available through Internet Medieval Sourcebook the Fordham University Centre for Medieval Studies. Print.
  8. Markale, J. Celtic Civilization. London: Gordon & Cremonesi, 1976. Print.
  9. Burke, Sir Bernard. General Armory Of England, Scotland, Ireland and Wales. Ramsbury: Heraldry Today. Print.
  10. Virkus, Frederick A. Ed. Immigrant Ancestors A List of 2,500 Immigrants to America Before 1750. Baltimore: Genealogical Publishing, 1964. 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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