The present generation of the Swarbeck family is only the most recent to bear a name that dates back to the ancient Anglo-Saxon
culture of Britain. Their name comes from having lived in an area known as Swarbrick found in the parish of Kirkham in the county of Lancashire
. The surname was originally derived from the Old Norman byname svartrbrekka
when translated means the dweller on the black slope.
The surname Swarbeck is a habitation
name that was originally derived from pre-existing names for towns, villages, parishes, or farmsteads. The surname originated as a means of identifying individuals from a particular area.
Early Origins of the Swarbeck family
The surname Swarbeck was first found in Lancashire
where they held a family seat
. The Saxon influence of English history diminished after the Battle of Hastings in 1066. The language of the courts was French for the next three centuries and the Norman ambience prevailed. But Saxon surnames survived and the family name was first referenced in the 13th century in the area of Wimmerleigh or Wimmerley in Lancashire
Bardsley, C.W, A Dictionary of English and Welsh Surnames: With Special American Instances. Wiltshire: Heraldry Today, 1901. Print. (ISBN 0-900455-44-6)
Early History of the Swarbeck family
This web page shows only a small excerpt of our Swarbeck research.Another 147 words (10 lines of text) covering the years 1530, 1581, 1622 and 1680 are included under the topic Early Swarbeck History in all our PDF Extended History products and printed products wherever possible.
Swarbeck Spelling Variations
Until the dictionary, an invention of only the last few hundred
years, the English language lacked any comprehensive system of spelling rules. Consequently, spelling variations
in names are frequently found in early Anglo-Saxon
and later Anglo-Norman documents. One person's name was often spelled several different ways over a lifetime. The recorded variations of Swarbeck include Swarbrick, Swarbrigg, Swartbrick, Swartbrigg, Swartbrecke, Swartbreck, Swartbregg, Swarbrooke and many more.
Early Notables of the Swarbeck family (pre 1700)
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Migration of the Swarbeck family to Ireland
Some of the Swarbeck family moved to Ireland
, but this topic is not covered in this excerpt.Another 78 words (6 lines of text) about their life in Ireland is included in all our PDF Extended History products and printed products wherever possible.
Migration of the Swarbeck family to the New World and Oceana
Thousands of English families boarded ships sailing to the New World in the hope of escaping the unrest found in England
at this time. Although the search for opportunity and freedom from persecution abroad took the lives of many because of the cramped conditions and unsanitary nature of the vessels, the opportunity perceived in the growing colonies of North America beckoned. Many of the settlers who survived the journey went on to make important contributions to the transplanted cultures of their adopted countries. The Swarbeck were among these contributors, for they have been located in early North American records:
Swarbeck Settlers in United States in the 17th Century
- John Swarbeck, who settled in Virginia in 1624
- John Swarbeck, who landed in Virginia in 1624-1625 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)