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Irish names tend to vary widely in their spelling and overall form. The original Gaelic form of the name Swink is Mac Suibhne, which is derived from the word "suibhne," which means "pleasant."

Swink Early Origins



The surname Swink was first found in County Donegal (Irish: Dún na nGall), northwest Ireland in the province of Ulster, sometimes referred to as County Tyrconnel. The name is derived from Suibhne O'Neill, who was a chieftain in Argyll, Scotland. His descendants migrated to Ireland as gallowglasses (mercenaries) prior to 1267. The three great septs of this name finally established themselves in Tirconnell in 14th century; they were known as MacSweeney Fanad, MacSweeney Banagh, and MacSweeney na dTuath, who were commonly referred to as 'MacSweeney of the Battleaxes.' They later became attached to the MacCarthys in the south and acquired their own territories and castles in Muskerry in County Cork.

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Swink Spelling Variations


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Swink Spelling Variations



Irish names were rarely spelled consistently in the Middle Ages. Spelling variations of the name Swink dating from that time include MacSweeney, MacSweeny, MacSwine, MacSwiney, MacSwyne, MacSwyny, MacWhinney, MacWhinny, MacWhinnie, MacSwiny, McSweeney, Swiney, Swinney and many more.

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Swink Early History


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Swink Early History



This web page shows only a small excerpt of our Swink research. Another 137 words (10 lines of text) covering the years 1299 and 1310 are included under the topic Early Swink History in all our PDF Extended History products and printed products wherever possible.

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Swink Early Notables (pre 1700)


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Swink Early Notables (pre 1700)



Prominent amongst the family at this time was John MacSween, a 13th-14th century nobleman who lost his lands in Scotland after the defeat of the forces and death of Alexander Og MacDonald, Lord of Islay in 1299. In...

Another 37 words (3 lines of text) are included under the topic Early Swink Notables in all our PDF Extended History products and printed products wherever possible.

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The Great Migration



The 19th century saw a great wave of Irish families leaving Ireland for the distant shores of North America and Australia. These families often left their homeland hungry, penniless, and destitute do to the policies of England. Those Irish immigrants that survived the long sea passage initially settled on the eastern seaboard of the continent. Some, however, moved north to a then infant Canada as United Empire Loyalists after ironically serving with the English in the American War of Independence. Others that remained in America later joined the westward migration in search of land. The greatest influx of Irish immigrants, though, came to North America during the Great Potato Famine of the late 1840s. Thousands left Ireland at this time for North America, and those who arrived were immediately put to work building railroads, coal mines, bridges, and canals. In fact, the foundations of today's powerful nations of the United Sates and Canada were to a larger degree built by the Irish. Archival documents indicate that members of the Swink family relocated to North American shores quite early:

Swink Settlers in United States in the 18th Century

  • Hartman Swink, aged 20, landed in Pennsylvania in 1739
  • Peter Swink, aged 49, arrived in Pennsylvania in 1739
  • Lawrence Swink, aged 18, arrived in Pennsylvania in 1741
  • Nicholas Swink, aged 50, landed in Pennsylvania in 1741
  • Henry Swink, who arrived in New Jersey in 1762

Swink Settlers in United States in the 19th Century

  • Tobias Swink, who landed in Pennsylvania in 1803
  • J M Swink, who landed in San Francisco, California in 1850

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Contemporary Notables of the name Swink (post 1700)


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Contemporary Notables of the name Swink (post 1700)



  • Robert Swink (1918-2000), American three-time Academy Award nominated film editor
  • Jim Swink (b. 1936), former All-American halfback at Texas Christian University, inducted into the College Football Hall of Fame in 1980

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Citations


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Citations



    Other References

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    2. 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).
    3. Magnusson, Magnus. Chambers Biographical Dictionary 5th edition. Edinburgh: W & R Chambers, 1990. Print.
    4. Passenger Lists of Vessels Arriving at Galveston Texas 1896-1951. National Archives Washington DC. Print.
    5. Zieber, Eugene. Heraldry in America. Philadelphia: Genealogical Publishing Co. Print.
    6. Hanks, Patricia and Flavia Hodges. A Dictionary of Surnames. Oxford: Oxford University Press, 1988. Print. (ISBN 0-19-211592-8).
    7. McDonnell, Frances. Emigrants from Ireland to America 1735-1743 A Transcription of the report of the Irish House of Commons into Enforced emigration to America. Baltimore: Genealogical Publishing, 1992. Print. (ISBN 0-8063-1331-5).
    8. Woodham-Smith, Cecil. The Great Hunger Ireland 1845-1849. New York: Old Town Books, 1962. Print. (ISBN 0-88029-385-3).
    9. The Norman People and Their Existing Descendants in the British Dominions and the United States Of America. Baltimore: Genealogical Publishing, 1975. Print. (ISBN 0-8063-0636-X).
    10. Burke, Sir Bernard. General Armory Of England, Scotland, Ireland and Wales. Ramsbury: Heraldry Today. Print.
    11. ...

    The Swink Family Crest was acquired from the Houseofnames.com archives. The Swink 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 27 November 2016 at 20:23.

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