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Swebie History, Family Crest & Coats of Arms

The name Swebie came to England with the ancestors of the Swebie family in the Norman Conquest of 1066. The Swebie family lived in Lincolnshire, at the village of Swaby.

Early Origins of the Swebie family

The surname Swebie was first found in Lincolnshire where they held a family seat. The Domesday Book lists the village Swaby in Lincolnshire as being held by Earl Hugh of Chester, the original name of the village being Suabi. It was customary for the second son of the Lord to take the name of the Manor. The Manor and village consisted of 6 mills at that time. There was also a family from Swabia that arrived in Britain in the 16th century, when George Swebe or Sweey settled in Lambeth, Surrey.

Early History of the Swebie family

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Swebie Spelling Variations

Multitudes of spelling variations are a hallmark of Anglo Norman names. Most of these names evolved in the 11th and 12th century, in the time after the Normans introduced their own Norman French language into a country where Old and Middle English had no spelling rules and the languages of the court were French and Latin. To make matters worse, medieval scribes spelled words according to sound, so names frequently appeared differently in the various documents in which they were recorded. The name was spelled Swaby, Swabey, Swabie, Swabee, Swebie, Swebe and many more.

Early Notables of the Swebie family (pre 1700)

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Migration of the Swebie family to the New World and Oceana

Because of this political and religious unrest within English society, many people decided to immigrate to the colonies. Families left for Ireland, North America, and Australia in enormous numbers, traveling at high cost in extremely inhospitable conditions. The New World in particular was a desirable destination, but the long voyage caused many to arrive sick and starving. Those who made it, though, were welcomed by opportunities far greater than they had known at home in England. Many of these families went on to make important contributions to the emerging nations of Canada and the United States. Analysis of immigration records indicates that some of the first North American immigrants bore the name Swebie or a variant listed above: Joseph James Swaby who landed in America in 1750.

The Swebie 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: Vera Tropae Fides
Motto Translation: Faith is our true trophy.

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