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The surname Swynford was first found in Leicestershire at Swinford, a parish, in the union of Lutterworth, hundred of Guthlaxton [1] where Geoffrey de Swinford was listed in the Pipe Rolls of 1190. While this is the first listing others quickly followed in other shires and counties including: William de Swyneford in the Feet of Fines of Lancashire in 1250 and Roger de Swyneford in the Subsidy Rolls of Warwickshire in 1332. [2] As a place name Swinford can be found in the aforementioned Leicestershire, Berkshire, Oxfordshire and Staffordshire. The latter has had the largest population over the years. Literally the place name means: "pig ford," from the Old English "swin" + "ford." [3] The Leicestershire parish was listed in the Domesday Book as Svineford [4] and the oldest listing was found in Oxfordshire as Swynford in 931; in other words it was a Saxon village before the Conquest.

Spelling variations of this family name include: Swinford, Swynford, Swinforde, Swynforte, Swinfort, Swynfort, Swinfen, Swinhoe, Swinhoe, Swinfin and many more.


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This web page shows only a small excerpt of our Swynford research. Another 201 words (14 lines of text) covering the years 1190, 1250, 1613, 1694, 1645, 1648, 1659, 1613, 1694, 1640 and 1694 are included under the topic Early Swynford History in all our PDF Extended History products.

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Another 95 words (7 lines of text) are included under the topic Early Swynford Notables in all our PDF Extended History products.

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

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

Other References

  1. Weis, Frederick Lewis, Walter Lee Sheppard and David Faris. Ancestral Roots of Sixty Colonists Who Came to New England Between 1623 and 1650 7th Edition. Baltimore: Genealogical Publishing, 1992. Print. (ISBN 0806313676).
  2. Burke, Sir Bernard. General Armory Of England, Scotland, Ireland and Wales. Ramsbury: Heraldry Today. Print.
  3. Hitching, F.K and S. Hitching. References to English Surnames in 1601-1602. Walton On Thames: 1910. Print. (ISBN 0-8063-0181-3).
  4. 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).
  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. Burke, Sir Bernard. Genealogical and Heraldic History of the Peerage and Baronetage, The Privy Council, Knightage and Compainonage. London: Burke Publishing, 1921. Print.
  7. Leeson, Francis L. Dictionary of British Peerages. Baltimore: Genealogical Publishing, 1986. Print. (ISBN 0-8063-1121-5).
  8. Williams, Dr Ann. And G.H. Martin . Domesday Book A Complete Translation. London: Penguin, 1992. Print. (ISBN 0-141-00523-8).
  9. Passenger Lists of Vessels Arriving at Galveston Texas 1896-1951. National Archives Washington DC. Print.
  10. Crispin, M. Jackson and Leonce Mary. Falaise Roll Recording Prominent Companions of William Duke of Normandy at the Conquest of England. Baltimore: Genealogical Publishing. Print.
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