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Where did the English Swindle family come from? What is the English Swindle family crest and coat of arms? When did the Swindle family first arrive in the United States? Where did the various branches of the family go? What is the Swindle family history?


Spelling variations of this family name include: Swindell, Swindale, Swindle, Swyndel, Swindlehurst, Swingelhurst, Shinglehurst, Singlehurst, Swinglehurst, Swindlehirst and many more.

First found in Cheshire where they held a family seat as Lords of the Manor near Cheadle. 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 14th century when it is said that they were a branch of the Howford family.


This web page shows only a small excerpt of our Swindle research. Another 349 words(25 lines of text) covering the years 1455, 1468, 1487, 1510, and 1600 are included under the topic Early Swindle History in all our PDF Extended History products.


More information is included under the topic Early Swindle Notables in all our PDF Extended History products.


Some of the first settlers of this family name were:

Swindle Settlers in United States in the 17th Century

  • Jane Swindle, aged 23, arrived in New England in 1699

Swindle Settlers in Canada in the 18th Century

  • James Swindle, who landed in Nova Scotia in 1750
  • John Swindle, who landed in Nova Scotia in 1750
  • Margt Swindle, who arrived in Nova Scotia in 1750
  • Mary Swindle, who landed in Nova Scotia in 1750


  • Orson Swindle (b. 1937), American decorated Vietnam War prisoner of war, Commissioner of the Federal Trade Commission of the United States
  • Christina Swindle (b. 1984), American gold and silver medalist freestyle swimmer at the 2003 Pan American Games
  • Clinton Howard Swindle (1945-2004), American investigative journalist and editor for The Dallas Morning News
  • Gerald Swindle (b. 1969), American professional bass angler from Hayden, Alabama
  • Robert Joseph "R. J." Swindle (b. 1983), Canadian Major League Baseball pitcher from Vancouver, British Columbia


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  2. Zieber, Eugene. Heraldry in America. Philadelphia: Genealogical Publishing Co. Print.
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  5. Foster, Joseph. Dictionary of Heraldry Feudal Coats of Arms and Pedigrees. London: Bracken Books, 1989. Print. (ISBN 1-85170-309-8).
  6. MacAulay, Thomas Babington. History of England from the Accession of James the Second 4 volumes. New York: Harper and Brothers, 1879. Print.
  7. Shaw, William A. Knights of England A Complete Record from the Earliest Time to the Present Day of the Knights of all the Orders of Chivalry in England, Scotland, Ireland and Knights Bachelors 2 Volumes. Baltimore: Genealogical Publishing. Print. (ISBN 080630443X).
  8. Skordas, Guest. Ed. The Early Settlers of Maryland an Index to Names or Immigrants Complied from Records of Land Patents 1633-1680 in the Hall of Records Annapolis, Maryland. Baltimore: Genealogical Publishing, 1968. Print.
  9. Dunkling, Leslie. Dictionary of Surnames. Toronto: Collins, 1998. Print. (ISBN 0004720598).
  10. 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.
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The Swindle Family Crest was acquired from the Houseofnames.com archives. The Swindle 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.

This page was last modified on 15 May 2014 at 13:46.

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