The origins of the Anglo-Saxon
name Swyfte come from its first bearer, who was a person who because of his physical abilities was referred to as swifte,
which was an Old English word used to denote one who was quick and had a lot of speed. This was a name often given to a messenger or courier. A broad and miscellaneous class of surnames, nickname
surnames referred to a characteristic of the first person who used the name. They can describe the bearer's favored style of clothing, appearance, habits, or character.
Early Origins of the Swyfte family
The surname Swyfte was first found in Norfolk
where they held a family seat
from very ancient times, some say well before the Norman Conquest
and the arrival of Duke William at Hastings in 1066 A.D. and were recorded on a list of Taxpayers in 1327 when Christopher Swift held lands in that county.
Early History of the Swyfte family
This web page shows only a small excerpt of our Swyfte research.Another 183 words (13 lines of text) covering the years 1478, 1634, 1640 and 1667 are included under the topic Early Swyfte History in all our PDF Extended History products and printed products wherever possible.
Swyfte Spelling Variations
The first dictionaries that appeared in the last few hundred
years did much to standardize the English language. Before that time, spelling variations
in names were a common occurrence. The language was changing, incorporating pieces of other languages, and the spelling of names changed with it. Swyfte has been spelled many different ways, including Swift, Swifte, Swyft, Swyfte and others.
Early Notables of the Swyfte family (pre 1700)
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Migration of the Swyfte family to Ireland
Some of the Swyfte family moved to Ireland
, but this topic is not covered in this excerpt.Another 193 words (14 lines of text) about their life in Ireland is included in all our PDF Extended History products and printed products wherever possible.
Migration of the Swyfte family to the New World and Oceana
Thousands of English families in this era began to emigrate the New World in search of land and freedom from religious and political persecution. Although the passage was expensive and the ships were dark, crowded, and unsafe, those who made the voyage safely were rewarded with opportunities unavailable to them in their homeland. Research into passenger and immigration lists has revealed some of the very first Swyftes to arrive in North America: Mr. Swift who arrived in Virginia in 1623; Anne Swift came to Barbados in 1673; James Swift arrived in Virginia in 1610; Thomas and William Swift settled in New England
The Swyfte 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: Festina lente
Motto Translation: Be quick without impetuosity.