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The history of the Swyers family name begins after the Norman Conquest of 1066. They lived at Swyre in Dorset. The surname Swyers was originally derived from the Old English word "swoera" which means a "neck of land" or in other words, one who lives at the neck of land. [1]CITATION[CLOSE]
Mills, A.D., Dictionary of English Place-Names. Oxford: Oxford University Press, 1991. Print. (ISBN 0-19-869156-4)
Today Swyre is a costal parish in Dorset, 6 miles south-east from Bridport [2]CITATION[CLOSE]
Lewis, Samuel, A Topographical Dictionary of England. Institute of Historical Research, 1848, Print.
and dates back to the Domesday Book where it was listed as Suere. [3]CITATION[CLOSE]
Williams, Dr Ann. And G.H. Martin, Eds., Domesday Book A Complete Translation. London: Penguin, 1992. Print. (ISBN 0-141-00523-8)


Swyers Early Origins



The surname Swyers was first found in Dorset at Swyre where they were descended from William d'Eu, Count of Eu, who was undertenant in Wiltshire and held the lands of Swyre (Latin: Tempore Regis Edwardi, English: during the reign of King Edward) before the Norman Conquest in 1066. William of Swyre held those lands in 1086 at the taking of the Domesday Survey. [3]CITATION[CLOSE]
Williams, Dr Ann. And G.H. Martin, Eds., Domesday Book A Complete Translation. London: Penguin, 1992. Print. (ISBN 0-141-00523-8)

Other early records include Geoffrey le Swyer who was listed in the Rotuli Hundredorum of Nottinghamshire in 1275 and John Swyer who was listed in the Subsidy Rolls of Yorkshire in 1297. [4]CITATION[CLOSE]
Reaney, P.H and R.M. Wilson, A Dictionary of English Surnames. London: Routledge, 1991. Print. (ISBN 0-415-05737-X)
Years later, the Yorkshire Poll Tax records of 1379 listed: Ricardus Sqwyer; Thomas Swyer and Willelmus Swyer. [5]CITATION[CLOSE]
Bardsley, C.W, A Dictionary of English and Welsh Surnames: With Special American Instances. Wiltshire: Heraldry Today, 1901. Print. (ISBN 0-900455-44-6)


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Swyers Spelling Variations


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Swyers Spelling Variations



Anglo-Norman names are characterized by a multitude of spelling variations. When the Normans became the ruling people of England in the 11th century, they introduced a new language into a society where the main languages of Old and later Middle English had no definite spelling rules. These languages were more often spoken than written, so they blended freely with one another. Contributing to this mixing of tongues was the fact that medieval scribes spelled words according to sound, ensuring that a person's name would appear differently in nearly every document in which it was recorded. The name has been spelled Swyre, Svere, Swyer, Swyre, Swire and others.

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Swyers Early History


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Swyers Early History



This web page shows only a small excerpt of our Swyers research. Another 345 words (25 lines of text) covering the years 1400, 1706, 1523, 1533 and 1825 are included under the topic Early Swyers History in all our PDF Extended History products and printed products wherever possible.

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Swyers Early Notables (pre 1700)


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Swyers Early Notables (pre 1700)



Another 29 words (2 lines of text) are included under the topic Early Swyers Notables in all our PDF Extended History products and printed products wherever possible.

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The Great Migration



For many English families, the political and religious disarray that plagued their homeland made the frontiers of the New World an attractive prospect. Thousands migrated, aboard cramped disease-ridden ships. They arrived sick, poor, and hungry, but were welcomed in many cases with far greater opportunity than at home in England. Many of these hardy settlers went on to make important contributions to the emerging nations in which they landed. Among early immigrants bearing the name Swyers or a variant listed above were:

Swyers Settlers in United States in the 20th Century

  • Reynolds F. Swyers, aged 23, who settled in Yeagertown, Pennsylvania, in 1915
  • William Swyers, aged 51, who emigrated to Bellerose, N.Y., in 1924
  • Katherine Swyers, aged 47, who emigrated to Bellerose, N.Y., in 1924

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Contemporary Notables of the name Swyers (post 1700)


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Contemporary Notables of the name Swyers (post 1700)



  • Rett Swyers (b. 1997), born Everett Daniel Swyers, American actor, known for his role in Antique Humans (2006)
  • Kegan Swyers, American film editor
  • Caleb Swyers, American actor and editor, best known for his role as an Apple Engineer in iSteve, a 2013 parody film
  • Tom Swyers, American novelist, known for his novel Saving Babe Ruth in June 2014
  • George Swyers, American AAU Men's Basketball All-American (1955-1956)
  • Lieutenant Commander Harry Merton Swyers, U.S. Navy officer at McMurdo Station in U.S. Navy Operation Deepfreeze 1976 and 1977, eponym of Swyers Point, Antarctica
  • Joseph Thomas Swyers (1876-1965), Newfoundland merchant who opened his first store in Red Point, Bonavista at the age of 16 which grew to become a founding member of the Newfoundland Associated Fish Exporters Limited; his first store in Bonavista has been renovated and declared a Heritage Structure in March 1996

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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: Esse quam videri
Motto Translation: To be, rather than to seem.


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Citations


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Citations



  1. ^ Mills, A.D., Dictionary of English Place-Names. Oxford: Oxford University Press, 1991. Print. (ISBN 0-19-869156-4)
  2. ^ Lewis, Samuel, A Topographical Dictionary of England. Institute of Historical Research, 1848, Print.
  3. ^ Williams, Dr Ann. And G.H. Martin, Eds., Domesday Book A Complete Translation. London: Penguin, 1992. Print. (ISBN 0-141-00523-8)
  4. ^ Reaney, P.H and R.M. Wilson, A Dictionary of English Surnames. London: Routledge, 1991. Print. (ISBN 0-415-05737-X)
  5. ^ Bardsley, C.W, A Dictionary of English and Welsh Surnames: With Special American Instances. Wiltshire: Heraldry Today, 1901. Print. (ISBN 0-900455-44-6)

Other References

  1. Markale, J. Celtic Civilization. London: Gordon & Cremonesi, 1976. Print.
  2. Hitching, F.K and S. Hitching. References to English Surnames in 1601-1602. Walton On Thames: 1910. Print. (ISBN 0-8063-0181-3).
  3. Dunkling, Leslie. Dictionary of Surnames. Toronto: Collins, 1998. Print. (ISBN 0004720598).
  4. Hanks, Patricia and Flavia Hodges. A Dictionary of Surnames. Oxford: Oxford University Press, 1988. Print. (ISBN 0-19-211592-8).
  5. Samuelsen, W. David. New York City Passenger List Manifests Index 1820 - 1824. North Salt Lake, Utah: Accelerated Indexing Systems International, 1986. Print.
  6. Bardsley, C.W. A Dictionary of English and Welsh Surnames: With Special American Instances. Wiltshire: Heraldry Today, 1901. Print. (ISBN 0-900455-44-6).
  7. Bullock, L.G. Historical Map of England and Wales. Edinburgh: Bartholomew and Son, 1971. Print.
  8. Le Patourel, John. The Norman Empire. New York: Oxford University Press, 1976. Print. (ISBN 0-19-822525-3).
  9. Colletta, John P. They Came In Ships. Salt Lake City: Ancestry, 1993. Print.
  10. Burke, Sir Bernard. Burke's Genealogical and Heraldic History of the Landed Gentry: Including American Families with British Ancestry. (2 Volumes). London: Burke Publishing, 1939. Print.
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The Swyers Family Crest was acquired from the Houseofnames.com archives. The Swyers 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.

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