Swinburn History, Family Crest & Coats of Arms

The name Swinburn was first used by the ancient Strathclyde-Briton people of the Scottish/English Borderlands. The first Swinburn to use this name no doubt lived in Northumberland.

Early Origins of the Swinburn family

The surname Swinburn was first found in Northumberland, at Swinburn (Swinburne,) a township, in the parish of Chollerton, union of Hexham. " The family of Swinburn took their name from this place, which they probably held previously to the year 1272: in the reign of Edward II. It was the seat and manor of Adam de Swinburn. " [1]

Another reference states: "Swinburne in this county [Northumberland] gave name to this ancient family, the first recorded ancestor being John, father of Sir William de Swinburne, living in 1278, and Alan Swinburne, Rector of Whitfield, who purchased Capheaton from Sir Thomas Fenwick, Knt, in 1274. " [2]

"Long Witton Hall, an ancient mansion with additions by its late proprietors, the Swinburne family, is finely situated." [1]

And over in Bewcastle in Cumberland, "In the 7th of Edward I., license was granted to John Swinburn, to hold a weekly market and an annual fair." [1]

Early History of the Swinburn family

This web page shows only a small excerpt of our Swinburn research. Another 140 words (10 lines of text) covering the years 1253, 1280, 1687, 1740, 1600, 1560, 1623, 1560, 1706, 1660, 1670 and 1716 are included under the topic Early Swinburn History in all our PDF Extended History products and printed products wherever possible.

Swinburn Spelling Variations

Scribes in Medieval Scotland spelled names by sound rather than any set of rules, so an enormous number of spelling variations exist in names of that era. Swinburn has been spelled Swinburn, Swinburne, Swinborn, Swinborne and others.

Early Notables of the Swinburn family (pre 1700)

Notable amongst the family at this time was Henry Swinburne (1560?-1623), ecclesiastical lawyer, born at York about 1560, the son of Thomas Swinburne of that city, and his wife Alison. Sir John Swinburne, (d. 1706) was 1st Baronet from Capheaton...
Another 40 words (3 lines of text) are included under the topic Early Swinburn Notables in all our PDF Extended History products and printed products wherever possible.

United States Swinburn migration to the United States +

The number of Strathclyde Clan families sailing for North America increased steadily as the persecution continued. In the colonies, they could find not only freedom from the iron hand of the English government, but land to settle on. The American War of Independence allowed many of these settlers to prove their independence, while some chose to go to Canada as United Empire Loyalists. Scots played essential roles in the forging of both great nations. Among them:

Swinburn Settlers in United States in the 18th Century
  • William Swinburn, who arrived in New York in 1795 [3]

Canada Swinburn migration to Canada +

Some of the first settlers of this family name were:

Swinburn Settlers in Canada in the 18th Century
  • George Swinburn, who landed in Nova Scotia in 1774

New Zealand Swinburn migration to New Zealand +

Emigration to New Zealand followed in the footsteps of the European explorers, such as Captain Cook (1769-70): first came sealers, whalers, missionaries, and traders. By 1838, the British New Zealand Company had begun buying land from the Maori tribes, and selling it to settlers, and, after the Treaty of Waitangi in 1840, many British families set out on the arduous six month journey from Britain to Aotearoa to start a new life. Early immigrants include:

Swinburn Settlers in New Zealand in the 19th Century
  • William Swinburn, who arrived in Wellington, New Zealand aboard the ship "Alma" in 1857
  • Frances Swinburn, who arrived in Wellington, New Zealand aboard the ship "Alma" in 1857

Contemporary Notables of the name Swinburn (post 1700) +

  • Lieutenant General Sir Richard Hull Swinburn KCB (1937-2017), British Commander of the UK Field Army (1994-1995), GOC South East District (1990–1994), Assistant Chief of the General Staff (1989–1990), General Officer Commanding the 1st Armoured Division (1987–1989)
  • Prof Boyd A Swinburn, Australian physician, known for his work on the global obesity pandemic
  • Wall Swinburn, English flat racing jockey, the first jockey to record over 100 winners in an Irish flat season
  • Walter Robert John Swinburn (1961-2016), English flat racing jockey and trainer who had numerous wins through his career, son of Wally Swinburn

The Swinburn 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: Semel et semper
Motto Translation: Once and always.

  1. ^ Lewis, Samuel, A Topographical Dictionary of England. Institute of Historical Research, 1848, Print.
  2. ^ Shirley, Evelyn Philip, The Noble and Gentle Men of England; The Arms and Descents. Westminster: John Bower Nichols and Sons, 1866, Print.
  3. ^ 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)

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