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About the study
This website contains a brief summary of our one name study of the Swinfen family. The name is relatively rare, and while we have not (yet!) joined up all the branches of the family, it is reasonable to assume that there is just one tree involved. There are significant branches of the family in Leicestershire, Birmingham and south Staffordshire and London, with a smattering of other individuals across the rest of England. Until recent years there are few instances of the name outside England, though members of the family are now known in Ireland, Germany, America and a couple of other countries.
The name Swinfen used to be commonly written Swynfen if we go back a few centuries. The name gets mis-transcribed frequently - we found a Turnfen a year or so ago! There are quite a few entries for Swinfin and we believe this to be a variant. Indeed, we know of one branch of the family that moved to Manchester and deliberately changed to Swinfin.
We have extracted the Births, deaths and marriages information from 1837 to about the middle of the twentieth century. In addition, we have transcripts of several wills, and entries from a number of parish registers. Tony and Jennifer Pitt are happy to provide information to you on request - just email us.