John Swindal

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  • Name John Swindal 
    Born 1523  (Yorkshire) England Find all individuals with events at this location  [1
    Gender Male 
    Person ID I25701  The Hennessee Family
    Last Modified 2 Jul 2019 

    Family Joan Beete,   b. (West Riding, Yorkshire, England) Find all individuals with events at this location  [1
    Married (~1566)  West Riding, Yorkshire, England Find all individuals with events at this location  [2
     1. William Swindal, The Immigrant,   b. ~1584, (Cheshire, England) Find all individuals with events at this location,   d. 22 Mar 1622, Berkeley Plantation, Colony of Virginia Find all individuals with events at this location  (Age ~ 37 years)
    Last Modified 24 Sep 2021 
    Family ID F9135  Group Sheet  |  Family Chart

  • Event Map
    Link to Google MapsBorn - 1523 - (Yorkshire) England Link to Google Earth
    Link to Google MapsMarried - (~1566) - West Riding, Yorkshire, England Link to Google Earth
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  • Notes 
      Page last updated 03 Apr 2018
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      Swindell, Swindells, Swindall, Swindle, Swindale
      Swyndell, Swyndle, Swindal, Swindel

      Origin of the Name

      The Swindell surname almost certainly originated near Stockport, England (Swindelves) and from there spread out ('ramified') across England and from there to the United States of America and the Commonwealth. In the USA European emigrants and slaves of African origin have contributed other origins to the name. More ...

      The spelling of the name

      My researches have shown that the spelling of the name prior to the middle of the 19th century is almost entirely a matter of local expectation and the preference of the parish clerk.

      For convenience I use 'Swindell' to refer to all the variants listed above - unless I specifically use another variant.

      I treat Swinden, Swinney, Swindler, Swindley, Swondel, Swandel as distinctly different surnames from Swindell though there is a possibility that on occasion they have been deviants (errors) that became established as variants. See Variants and Deviants for further discussion.

      Guild of One Name Studies
      I have researched the surname in England for more than 20 years, including many, many individuals not known to be related to myself. In 2013 I decided to register my interest in the Swindell Surname with the Guild of One Name Studies.

      I am looking for colleagues to collaborate with me in areas outside the British Isles to contribute their skills in research in countries outside the British Isles.

      Until the present (2013) I have avoided the use of databases since they do not satisfactorily handle ''probablistic' or 'fuzzy' relationships (i.e. 'probably' or'possibly' or 'maybe') and hate dual relationships (e.g. claiming two different individuals as possibly being their father!) However I have now decided to create a database of genealogical 'facts'. But beware, it is a wise man who knows his own father!

      Frequency / Distribution
      There were perhaps 16 to 17 thousand individuals named Swindell (or similar) at the end of the 20th century. Two thirds of these were in the United States of America as a result of immigration from England, the naming of slaves after their owner and immigration from Europe, followed by anglicisation of continentatal names. The majority of the remainder were in the north-west of England where the name had originated. Others were the decendants of immigrants to the Commonwealth. More ....

      Coat of Arms ?
      It is almost certain that there are no genuine coats of arms for the Swindells - despite what various websites which would like you to believe.

      Family Coat of Arms?- Forget it!

      The 'House of Arms' states 'First found in Cheshire where they were anciently seated as Lords of the Manor near Cheadle'?

      Unlikely! The 'ancient' Swindells in Cheshire were peasant farmers, yeomen at best, and never entitled to a coat of arms. Swindelves was part of the manor of Bosden held by the de Honefort or Honford family c.1235.

      I have not yet found a Swindell in England who even claimed an Armorial Bearing.

      Famous Swindells
      Swindells may have acquired local fame but true global fame eluded them until the twin Evers-Swindell sisters of New Zealand gained international glory with their rowing prowess. More ....
      Contact Information:- or postal address
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    • The Swindell/Swindle Family History

      (Source <>) Swindle is an English name. Swindle did not denote the Englishman engaged in fraudulent transactions, as one might suppose, but is merely a respelling of Swindell "dweller in valley where swine were bred," or a corruption of Swindale "pig valley", a village in Westmoreland.

      Descendants of John Swindell ...

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    • 24 Jul 2007

      Surname: Swindle

      This interesting and most unusual name, found widespread in Lancashire is most probably an English locational name from "Swindale" in Skelton, North Yorkshire, so called from the Old English pre seventh Century words "swin", pig, wild boar, plus the second element "dael", a valley, hence, the valley where the wild boars roamed or the valley where pigs were reared. The following quote refers to another place of the name in the parish of Cheedle, in Cheshire, where the surname may also have sprung from: " A branch of the family of Howford held a small estate here "Bosden in the 14th Century, called "Swndelves". (Cheshire Wills Records). Henry Swyndell married Janet Winterbotham on November 13th 1575, at Rotherham in Yorkshire, while at Almondbury, Yorkshire Joannes son of Petri Swendell was christened on April 1st 1578. James Swindells married Faith Ormondroy d at Bradford in Yorkshire on January 3rd 1820. The first recorded spelling of the family name is shown to be that of Roger Swyndels, of Marple, which was dated 1522, in the "Cheshire Wills Records", during the reign of King Henry V111, known as "Good King Hal", 1509 - 1547. Surnames became necessary when governments introduced personal taxation. In England this was known as Poll Tax. Throughout the centuries, surnames in every country have continued to "develop" often leading to astonishing variants of the original spelling.

      Copyright: Name Orgin Research 1980 - 2007

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  • Sources 
    1. [S35032] Leggett,Margaret;Family Group Records;Internet

    2. [S45316] Dalton Smith Pedigree | 3 June 2012 |

    3. [S14267] "Swindell One Name Study", Commentary,, this person, place, even.

    4. [S14252] "The Swindell / Swindle Family History", From David Swindell - 29 Oct 2015 -,.