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Where did the English Swynford family come from? What is the English Swynford family crest and coat of arms? When did the Swynford family first arrive in the United States? Where did the various branches of the family go? What is the Swynford family history?

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

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.


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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. Matthews, John. Matthews' American Armoury and Blue Book. London: John Matthews, 1911. Print.
  2. Hanks, Hodges, Mills and Room. The Oxford Names Companion. Oxford: Oxford University Press, 2002. Print. (ISBN 0-19-860561-7).
  3. Bowman, George Ernest. The Mayflower Reader A Selection of Articales from The Mayflower Descendent. Baltimore: Genealogical Publishing. Print.
  4. Zieber, Eugene. Heraldry in America. Philadelphia: Genealogical Publishing Co. Print.
  5. Markale, J. Celtic Civilization. London: Gordon & Cremonesi, 1976. Print.
  6. Magnusson, Magnus. Chambers Biographical Dictionary 5th edition. Edinburgh: W & R Chambers, 1990. Print.
  7. Thirsk, Joan. The Agrarian History of England and Wales. Cambridge: Cambridge University Press: 7 Volumes. Print.
  8. Le Patourel, John. The Norman Empire. New York: Oxford University Press, 1976. Print. (ISBN 0-19-822525-3).
  9. Egle, William Henry. Pennsylvania Genealogies Scotch-Irish and German. Harrisburg: L.S. Hart, 1886. Print.
  10. Browning, Charles H. Americans of Royal Descent. Baltimore: Genealogical Publishing. Print.
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The Swynford Family Crest was acquired from the Houseofnames.com archives. The Swynford 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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