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One-Name Study


About the Swinfield One-Name Study

This surname project collects all references to the surname Swinfield and variants. Pedigrees have been compiled linking the majority together into approximately 10 large family groups.


Swinfield, Swingfield, Swynfield, Swinfeld, Swinfield-Wells

Origin of the surname

There is a placename Swingfield in Kent. However, there is no evidence that the surname originated in that locality. People with the name Swinfield live(d) principally in Leicestershire and Warwickshire.

Historical occurrences

Richard de Swinfield, Bishop of Hereford from 1283 until his death in 1317.

Frequency of the name

About 900 births 1837-2009, 550 marriages and 520 deaths.

Distribution of the name

In England, the vast majority of those called Swinfield still live in the city of Leicester. A few migrants have settled in other parts of the country but their ancestors lived in Leicestershire and Warwickshire in the 19th century. One branch of the family emigrated to New South Wales in the early 19th century and remains there today.


A full list of Swinfield entries has been compiled from:

Civil registration indexes for England and Wales (1837-2009)

Censuses (1841-1911)

National probate indexes (1858-2009)

Electoral register indexes (recent years)

Parish registers (IGI, BVRI, LMA through Ancestry and searches in selected parish registers in Leicestershire and Warwickshire)

Probate indexes for relevant counties

TNA catalogue (military service records, divorce, criminal registers, wills)

Equity Court indexes at TNA

New South Wales BMD indexes

A large collection of copies of BMD certificates, censuses, parish register entries, wills, service records, chancery and equity court documents has been compiled.

DNA project

Several male Swinfields have provided DNA samples for testing.

The results of these tests and what they tell us about the various branches of the Swinfield family can be viewed at

http://www.familytreedna.com/public/Swinfield and




Contact details

For further information, contact:

Dr Geoffrey M Swinfield
14 Beaconsfield Road,
Telephone: +44 20 8325 3670

This page last updated 13 January 2012.

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