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Early Origins of the Swofford family

The surname Swofford was first found in Norfolk at Swaffield, a parish, in the Tunstead and Happing incorporation, hundred of Tunstead. [1]

Anciently known as Suafelda in the Domesday Book, [2] by c. 1150, it was known as Suathefeld. [3]

Conjecturally, the surname is descended from the tenant of the village and lands of Swafiled, Ranulf, brother of Liger, and Norman noble, who was recorded in the Domesday Book census of 1086.

Early History of the Swofford family

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Swofford Spelling Variations

Spelling variations of this family name include: Swaffield, Swafeild, Swafiled, Swafield and others.

Early Notables of the Swofford family (pre 1700)

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Swofford Ranking

In the United States, the name Swofford is the 13,905th most popular surname with an estimated 2,487 people with that name. [4]

Migration of the Swofford family

Some of the first settlers of this family name or some of its variants were: the name represented in many forms and recorded from the mid 17th century in the great migration from Europe. Migrants settled in the eastern seaboard from Newfoundland, to Maine, to Virginia, the Carolinas, and to the islands..

Contemporary Notables of the name Swofford (post 1700) +

  • Ross Swofford, American Senior Research Associate, Broad Institute
  • David Swofford, American Research Scientist, Florida Museum of Natural History
  • T. F. Swofford, American founder of a local post office, eponym of Swofford, Washington
  • Harry Hudson "H.H." Swofford (1873-1970), American politician, Member of the Washington House of Representatives (1917-1921)
  • Scott Swofford, American film producer, known for Granite Flats (2013), Studio C (2012) and Shackleton's Antarctic Adventure (2001)
  • John Douglas Swofford (b. 1948), American commissioner of the Atlantic Coast Conference (ACC)
  • Anthony Swofford (b. 1970), American writer and former U.S. Marine, best known for his 2003 book Jarhead
  • Kenneth Charles "Ken" Swofford (1933-2018), American film and television actor, known for Annie (1982), Black Roses (1988) and The Six Million Dollar Man (1977-1978)

  1. Lewis, Samuel, A Topographical Dictionary of England. Institute of Historical Research, 1848, Print.
  2. Williams, Dr Ann. And G.H. Martin, Eds., Domesday Book A Complete Translation. London: Penguin, 1992. Print. (ISBN 0-141-00523-8)
  3. Mills, A.D., Dictionary of English Place-Names. Oxford: Oxford University Press, 1991. Print. (ISBN 0-19-869156-4)
  4. "What are the 5,000 Most Common Last Names in the U.S.?"., on Facebook