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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?

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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.


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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.

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

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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

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  • 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. Burke, Sir Bernard. Genealogical and Heraldic History of the Peerage and Baronetage, The Privy Council, Knightage and Compainonage. London: Burke Publishing, 1921. Print.
  3. Bardsley, C.W. A Dictionary of English and Welsh Surnames: With Special American Instances. Wiltshire: Heraldry Today, 1901. Print. (ISBN 0-900455-44-6).
  4. Best, Hugh. Debrett's Texas Peerage. New York: Coward-McCann, 1983. Print. (ISBN 069811244X).
  5. Fairbairn. Fairbain's book of Crests of the Families of Great Britain and Ireland, 4th Edition 2 volumes in one. Baltimore: Heraldic Book Company, 1968. Print.
  6. Hitching, F.K and S. Hitching. References to English Surnames in 1601-1602. Walton On Thames: 1910. Print. (ISBN 0-8063-0181-3).
  7. Leeson, Francis L. Dictionary of British Peerages. Baltimore: Genealogical Publishing, 1986. Print. (ISBN 0-8063-1121-5).
  8. Thirsk, Joan. The Agrarian History of England and Wales. Cambridge: Cambridge University Press: 7 Volumes. Print.
  9. Zieber, Eugene. Heraldry in America. Philadelphia: Genealogical Publishing Co. Print.
  10. Dunkling, Leslie. Dictionary of Surnames. Toronto: Collins, 1998. Print. (ISBN 0004720598).
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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 22 April 2015 at 17:23.

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