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The grandfather of Susanne (Swancott) Hancock† did some research in 1966. The earliest record that he found was in Domesday Book which shows that Swancote manor in the parish of St. Mary Week, Cornwall was owned by Sauin (variant of Swayn) at the time of the death of Edward the Confessor in 1066. This may be the origin of the name. Other historians say that it means 'a pool where swans were kept'. Swans were a mediaeval delicacy. Another popular meaning is a cottage of a swain, some say that it is the site of the forest court for small offences called a motte hence Swainmotte.
Another researcher (Royston Martin) thought the surname denotes the man who held or farmed at Swancote Farm in the parish of Chaddesley Corbett near Bromsgrove, Worcestershire. I have found this farm but have been unable to make any connection with the surname. He believes the name to come from the Anglo saxon Swan-cot' the 'swineherd's cottage' or 'shelter'.
† See "The Swancott Family" by Susanne (Swancott) Hancock, Cronicl, Autumn 1981.