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About the study

This surname project collects all references to the surname Swinfield and variants. Pedigrees have been compiled linking the majority together into approximately 5 large family groups.

Variant names

Swinfield, Swingfield, Swynfield, Swinfeld, Swinfield-Wells

Name origin

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.

History of the name

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

Name frequency

In England and Wales, 938 births, 586 marriages and 549 deaths were registered from 1837 to 2015
There are about 597 living Swinfields with 489 in England and Wales, 101 in Australia and 7 in Canada 

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 (1837-2015)
Censuses (1841-1911)
The 1939 Register 
National probate indexes (1858-2015)
Electoral register indexes (recent years)
Parish registers (FamilySearch, Ancestry, FindMyPast and searches in selected parish registers in Leicestershire, Warwickshire and surrounding counties)
Probate indexes for relevant counties
TNA catalogue (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.


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:

Family Tree DNA Project


Swinfield Genealogy & DNA Group