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Where did the English Swanson family come from? What is the English Swanson family crest and coat of arms? When did the Swanson family first arrive in the United States? Where did the various branches of the family go? What is the Swanson family history?
Spelling variations of this family name include: Swainson, Swanston, Swenson, Swenston, Swainston, Swanson and many more.
First found in Durham where they were Lords of the manor of Stockton from early times. But by the year 1221 they had moved north into Scotland and acquired the lands of Swaynystoun, near Colinton, in Midlothian, where Duncan Swainston was the scion of that branch.  Swainston Manor lies 1 mile (1.6 km) to the east of Calbourne on the Isle of Wight. It was originally a manor house but has now been converted to a hotel. It has a 12th-century chapel on its 32 acres thought to have been built by the Bishops of Winchester.
This web page shows only a small excerpt of our Swanson research. Another 195 words(14 lines of text) covering the years 1605, 1661, 1660 and 1661 are included under the topic Early Swanson History in all our PDF Extended History products.
Another 51 words(4 lines of text) are included under the topic Early Swanson Notables in all our PDF Extended History products.
Some of the first settlers of this family name were:
Swanson Settlers in United States in the 17th Century
- Johan Swanson, who landed in Philadelphia, Pennsylvania in 1627
- Anna Swanson settled in Salem Massachusetts in 1630
- Robert Swanson who settled in Virginia in 1649
- Robert Swanson, who arrived in Virginia in 1649
- James Swanson, who arrived in Maryland in 1665
Swanson Settlers in United States in the 18th Century
- Thomas Swanson settled in Maryland in 1733
- Nicholas Swanson settled in Pennsylvania in 1771
Swanson Settlers in United States in the 19th Century
- Daniel Swanson, who arrived in New Orleans, La in 1824
- John M Swanson, who landed in Tippecanoe County, Ind in 1849
- Albert Swanson, who landed in Texas in 1850-1906
- Alexander B Swanson, who arrived in Mississippi in 1857
- Charles Swanson, who arrived in Mississippi in 1874
Swanson Settlers in United States in the 20th Century
- H Swanson, who landed in Arkansas in 1903
- Nils August Swanson, who landed in Pensacola, Fl in 1904
- Swan Victor Swanson, who landed in Wisconsin in 1911
- August Swanson, who landed in Wisconsin in 1920
Swanson Settlers in Australia in the 19th Century
- William Swanson, aged 23, arrived in South Australia in 1854 aboard the ship "Marion"
- Janet Swanson, aged 30, a servant, arrived in South Australia in 1854 aboard the ship "Dirigo"
Swanson Settlers in New Zealand in the 19th Century
- J Swanson landed in Auckland, New Zealand in 1841
- William Swanson landed in Auckland, New Zealand in 1845
- Robert Swanson arrived in Auckland, New Zealand aboard the ship "Argyleshire" in 1870
- Annie Swanson arrived in Auckland, New Zealand aboard the ship "Stracathro" in 1881
- Claude Augustus Swanson (1862-1939), American lawyer, eponym of the USS Swanson (DD-443)
- Bob Swanson (1912-1940), Indianapolis 500 driver
- Don R. Swanson (b. 1924), American information scientist
- Gloria Swanson (1897-1983), Academy Award-nominated, Golden Globe-winning American actress, best known for her role as Norma Desmond in the acclaimed film Sunset Boulevard (1950)
- Howard Swanson (1907-1978), American composer
- Kristen Noel "Kristy" Swanson (b. 1969), American Young Actress Award winning actress, best known for playing Buffy Summers in the film Buffy the Vampire Slayer (1992)
- Robert A. Swanson (1947-1999), American venture capitalist, Genentech founder
- Steven R. Swanson (b. 1960), American astronaut with 336 hours in space
- Carl A. Swanson (1879-1949), Swedish-born, American founder of the national food production company, Swanson
- Charles Edward Swanson (1879-1970), American politician in Iowa, Member of the U.S. House of Representatives from Iowa's 9th congressional district (1929 – 1933)
- Prairie Memories: A History of the Swanson, Erickson, and Lindgerg Families of North Dakota by Algot R. Swanson.
- I Remember by D. Verner Swanson.
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- Chadwick, Nora Kershaw and J.X.W.P Corcoran. The Celts. London: Penguin, 1790. Print. (ISBN 0140212116).
- Humble, Richard. The Fall of Saxon England. New York: Barnes and Noble, 1975. Print. (ISBN 0-88029-987-8).
- Zieber, Eugene. Heraldry in America. Philadelphia: Genealogical Publishing Co. Print.
- 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.
- Papworth, J.W and A.W Morant. Ordinary of British Armorials. London: T.Richards, 1874. Print.
- Magnusson, Magnus. Chambers Biographical Dictionary 5th edition. Edinburgh: W & R Chambers, 1990. Print.
- 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.
- Weis, Frederick Lewis, Walter Lee Sheppard and David Faris. Ancestral Roots of Sixty Colonists Who Came to New England Between 1623 and 1650 7th Edition. Baltimore: Genealogical Publishing, 1992. Print. (ISBN 0806313676).
- Holt, J.C. Ed. Domesday Studies. Woodbridge: Boydell, 1987. Print. (ISBN 0-85115-477-8).
- Crozier, William Armstrong Edition. Crozier's General Armory A Registry of American Families Entitled to Coat Armor. New York: Fox, Duffield, 1904. Print.
The Swanson Family Crest was acquired from the Houseofnames.com archives. The Swanson 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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