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The surname Swenson was 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. [1] 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.

Spelling variations of this family name include: Swainson, Swanston, Swenson, Swenston, Swainston, Swanson and many more.


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This web page shows only a small excerpt of our Swenson research. Another 195 words (14 lines of text) covering the years 1605, 1661, 1660 and 1661 are included under the topic Early Swenson History in all our PDF Extended History products.

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Another 51 words (4 lines of text) are included under the topic Early Swenson Notables in all our PDF Extended History products.

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Some of the first settlers of this family name were:

Swenson Settlers in United States in the 19th Century


  • David Swenson, aged 29, arrived in New Orleans, La in 1838
  • Gustavus C Swenson, aged 25, landed in Boston, Massachusetts in 1843
  • Ephraim Swenson, who landed in Texas in 1850-1906
  • Ewen Swenson, who arrived in San Francisco, California in 1850
  • Anders Swenson, aged 38, landed in New Orleans, La in 1850


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  • Ruth Ann Swenson (b. 1959), American soprano who is renowned for her coloratura roles
  • William "Will" Swenson (b. 1973), American actor, writer and film director
  • Robert Alexander "Jeep" Swenson Jr. (1957-1997), American professional wrestler, stuntman, and actor
  • Rick Swenson (b. 1950), nicknamed the "King of the Iditarod," an American dog musher, five-time winner of the 1,049-mile (1688.2 km) Iditarod Trail Sled Dog Race
  • Inga Swenson (b. 1932), American actress, known for her role as the second wife of Ben Cartwright in television western Bonanza
  • Olaf Swenson (1883-1938), Seattle-based fur trader and adventurer active in Siberia and Alaska
  • Anna Thilda May "May" Swenson (1913-1989), American poet and playwright, generally considered one of the most important poets of the 20th century
  • Karl Swenson (1908-1978), American theatre, radio, film, and television actor, known for his work on The Sword in the Stone (1963), The Birds (1963), Judgment at Nuremberg (1961) and Little House on the Prairie (1974)
  • Brett Swenson (b. 1988), American football placekicker
  • William D. Swenson (b. 1979), American former captain in the United States Army, recipient of the Medal of Honor on 15 October 2013 for his actions in part retrieving bodies of the fallen on September 8, 2009

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  • The Search for Ancestors: a Swedish-American Family Saga by Hildor Arnold Barton.
  • The Swenson Saga and The SMS Ranches by Mary Whatley Clarke.
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  1. ^ Black, George F., The Surnames of Scotland Their Origin, Meaning and History. New York: New York Public Library, 1946. Print. (ISBN 0-87104-172-3)

Other References

  1. Bardsley, C.W. A Dictionary of English and Welsh Surnames: With Special American Instances. Wiltshire: Heraldry Today, 1901. Print. (ISBN 0-900455-44-6).
  2. Markale, J. Celtic Civilization. London: Gordon & Cremonesi, 1976. Print.
  3. Filby, P. William and Mary K Meyer. Passenger and Immigration Lists Index in Four Volumes. Detroit: Gale Research, 1985. Print. (ISBN 0-8103-1795-8).
  4. Bullock, L.G. Historical Map of England and Wales. Edinburgh: Bartholomew and Son, 1971. Print.
  5. Bradford, William. History of Plymouth Plantation 1620-1647 Edited by Samuel Eliot Morrison 2 Volumes. New York: Russell and Russell, 1968. Print.
  6. Dunkling, Leslie. Dictionary of Surnames. Toronto: Collins, 1998. Print. (ISBN 0004720598).
  7. Burke, John Bernard Ed. The Roll of Battle Abbey. Baltimore: Genealogical Publishing. Print.
  8. Shirley, Evelyn Philip. Noble and Gentle Men of England Or Notes Touching The Arms and Descendants of the Ancient Knightley and Gentle Houses of England Arranged in their Respective Counties 3rd Edition. Westminster: John Bowyer Nichols and Sons, 1866. Print.
  9. Samuelsen, W. David. New York City Passenger List Manifests Index 1820 - 1824. North Salt Lake, Utah: Accelerated Indexing Systems International, 1986. Print.
  10. Library of Congress. American and English Genealogies in the Library of Congress. Baltimore: Genealogical Publishing, 1967. Print.
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The Swenson Family Crest was acquired from the Houseofnames.com archives. The Swenson 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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