The ancient roots of the Swarbrick family name are in the Anglo-Saxon culture. The name Swarbrick comes from when the family 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 Swarbrick 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.
The surname Swarbrick 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. 
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One relatively recent invention that did much to standardize English spelling was the printing press. However, before its invention even the most literate people recorded their names according to sound rather than spelling. The spelling variations under which the name Swarbrick has appeared include Swarbrick, Swarbrigg, Swartbrick, Swartbrigg, Swartbrecke, Swartbreck, Swartbregg, Swarbrooke and many more.
At this time, the shores of the New World beckoned many English families that felt that the social climate in England was oppressive and lacked opportunity for change. Thousands left England at great expense in ships that were overcrowded and full of disease. A great portion of these settlers never survived the journey and even a greater number arrived sick, starving, and without a penny. The survivors, however, were often greeted with greater opportunity than they could have experienced back home. These English settlers made significant contributions to those colonies that would eventually become the United States and Canada. An examination of early immigration records and passenger ship lists revealed that people bearing the name Swarbrick arrived in North America very early:
Swarbrick Settlers in United States in the 20th Century
Richard Swarbrick, aged 36, arrived in New York in 1920 aboard the ship "Irishman" from Southampton, England
Richard Swarbrick, aged 34, originally from Tilbury, arrived in New York in 1920 aboard the ship "Irishman" from London, England
George Swarbrick, aged 19, originally from Garstang, England, arrived in New York in 1921 aboard the ship "Carmania" from Liverpool, England
John Swarbrick, aged 21, arrived in New York in 1921 aboard the ship "Vestris" from Buenos Aires, Argentina 
Dave Swarbrick (1941-2016), English folk musician and singer-songwriter, perhaps best known for his work with the band Fairport Convention
Nicholas Swarbrick (1898-2006), oldest surviving English merchant sailor of the First World War
George Swarbrick (b. 1942), Canadian former NHL ice hockey player
Anne Swarbrick, Canadian politician in Ontario. She was a New Democratic Party member of the Legislative Assembly of Ontario from 1990 to 1995, and served as a cabinet minister in the government of Bob Rae