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The name Swart most often comes from the Irish name O Suaird, which, when Anglicized in a Fiant of 1562, becomes O'Sword. In County Down, in the early 17th century, the name was recorded in the Ulster Inquisitions as Swords, Swoordes, and Sourdes. In County Kildare the name Swords was often a mistranslation of the Irish name O Claimhin, which was mistakenly equated with the Irish word "claidheamh" meaning "sword." Thus, the name Clavin is a synonym for Swords. In County Mayo Claveen is also a synonym. In the 14th century the name de Swerdes, derived from the village, appeared in several places in Ireland.

Swart Early Origins



The surname Swart was first found in Counties Offaly, Leix, and Kildare, where in 1016, the successor of St. Brigid, abbess of Kildare, was named O Suairt according to the Four Masters.

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Swart Spelling Variations


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Swart Spelling Variations



The recording of names in Ireland in the Middle Ages was an inconsistent endeavor at best. The many regional dialects and the predominate illiteracy would have made common surnames appear unrelated to the scribes of the period. Research into the name Swart revealed spelling variations, including Swords, O'Sword, O'Swerte, Swoordes, Sourdes, Swerdes, Clavin and many more.

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Swart Early History


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Swart Early History



This web page shows only a small excerpt of our Swart research. Another 140 words (10 lines of text) are included under the topic Early Swart History in all our PDF Extended History products and printed products wherever possible.

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Swart Early Notables (pre 1700)


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Swart Early Notables (pre 1700)



More information is included under the topic Early Swart 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



Many destitute Irish families in the 18th and 19th centuries decided to leave their homeland, which had in many ways been scarred by English colonial rule. One of the most frequent destinations for these families was North America where it was possible for an Irish family to own their own parcel of land. Many of the early settlers did find land awaiting them in British North America, or even later in America, but for the majority of immigrants that arrived as a result of the Great Potato Famine of the late 1840s the ownership of land was often a long way off. These Irish people were initially put to work on such industrial projects as the building of bridges, canals, and railroads, or they worked at manufacturing positions within factories. Whenever they arrived, the Irish made enormous contributions to the infant nations of Canada and the United States. Some of the earliest immigrants to bearer the name of Swart were found through extensive research of immigration and passenger lists:

Swart Settlers in United States in the 17th Century

  • Gerrit Swart, who arrived in New Netherland(s) in 1620-1664
  • Jacomyntje Swart, who arrived in New York in 1641
  • Teunis Cornelisse Swart, who arrived in New York in 1641
  • Gerard Swart, who arrived in New York in 1652
  • Jacomyntje Jacobs Swart, who landed in New York in 1662
  • ... (More are available in all our PDF Extended History products and printed products wherever possible.)

Swart Settlers in United States in the 18th Century

  • Hans Adam Swart, who landed in New York in 1709
  • Nickel Swart, aged 20, arrived in Pennsylvania in 1739

Swart Settlers in Canada in the 18th Century

  • Mr. Simon Swart U.E. who settled in Ernest Town [Ernestown], Lennox & Addington, Ontario c. 1786 he served in the Royal Regiment of New York [1]CITATION[CLOSE]
    Rubincam, Milton. The Old United Empire Loyalists List. Genealogical Publishing Co., Inc, 1976. (Originally published as; United Empire Loyalists. The Centennial of the Settlement of Upper Canada. Rose Publishing Company, 1885.) ISBN 0-8063-0331-X

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Contemporary Notables of the name Swart (post 1700)


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Contemporary Notables of the name Swart (post 1700)



  • Peter Swart (1752-1829), United States Representative from New York, New York state court judge
  • Frank Swart (b. 1961), American composer and musician
  • Jesaia "Sjaak" Swart (b. 1938), former Dutch footballer
  • Peter Douglas Swart (1946-2000), Zimbabwean first class cricketer
  • Michael Richard "Micky" Swart (b. 1982), Australian first class cricketer
  • Melvin Leroy "Mel" Swart (1919-2007), Canadian politician, member of the Legislative Assembly of Ontario from 1975 to 1988
  • K. W. Swart (1916-1992), Dutch historian
  • Colla Swart (b. 1930), South African photographer
  • Charles Robberts Swart (1894-1982), English diplomat, last Governor-General of the Union of South Africa
  • Izak Stephanus de Villiers "Balie" Swart (b. 1964), South African rugby union footballer

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Motto



The motto was originally a war cry or slogan. Mottoes first began to be shown with arms in the 14th and 15th centuries, but were not in general use until the 17th century. Thus the oldest coats of arms generally do not include a motto. Mottoes seldom form part of the grant of arms: Under most heraldic authorities, a motto is an optional component of the coat of arms, and can be added to or changed at will; many families have chosen not to display a motto.

Motto: Paratus
Motto Translation: Paratus.


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See Also


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Citations


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Citations



  1. ^ Rubincam, Milton. The Old United Empire Loyalists List. Genealogical Publishing Co., Inc, 1976. (Originally published as; United Empire Loyalists. The Centennial of the Settlement of Upper Canada. Rose Publishing Company, 1885.) ISBN 0-8063-0331-X

Other References

  1. Bullock, L.G. Historical Map of Ireland. Edinburgh: Bartholomew and Son, 1969. Print.
  2. Robb H. Amanda and Andrew Chesler. Encyclopedia of American Family Names. New York: Haper Collins, 1995. Print. (ISBN 0-06-270075-8).
  3. Colletta, John P. They Came In Ships. Salt Lake City: Ancestry, 1993. Print.
  4. Hanks, Patricia and Flavia Hodges. A Dictionary of Surnames. Oxford: Oxford University Press, 1988. Print. (ISBN 0-19-211592-8).
  5. Chadwick, Nora Kershaw and J.X.W.P Corcoran. The Celts. London: Penguin, 1970. Print. (ISBN 0140212116).
  6. Vicars, Sir Arthur. Index to the Prerogative Wills of Ireland 1536-1810. Baltimore: Genealogical Publishing Co. Print.
  7. Read, Charles Anderson. The Cabinet of Irish Literature Selections from the Works of the Chief Poets, Orators and Prose Writers of Ireland 4 Volumes. London: Blackie and Son, 1884. Print.
  8. Magnusson, Magnus. Chambers Biographical Dictionary 5th edition. Edinburgh: W & R Chambers, 1990. Print.
  9. Land Owners in Ireland. Genealogical Publishing. Print. (ISBN 0-8063-1203-3).
  10. Bowman, George Ernest. The Mayflower Reader A Selection of Articales from The Mayflower Descendent. Baltimore: Genealogical Publishing. Print.
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The Swart Family Crest was acquired from the Houseofnames.com archives. The Swart 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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