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Swallow Name Meaning

English (West Yorkshire):: from Middle English swal(e)we swalu ‘swallow’ (Old English swealwe) hence a nickname for someone thought to resemble the bird perhaps in swiftness and grace. habitational name from Swallow (Lincolnshire) probably from a lost river name perhaps derived from a word related to the Indo-European root swel- ‘burn shine’.

Source: Dictionary of American Family Names ©2013, Oxford University Press


Similar surnames: Callow, Sharlow, Wadlow, Harlow, Barlow, Sandow, Swallows, Salmon

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Where is the Swallow family from?

You can see how Swallow families moved over time by selecting different census years. The Swallow family name was found in the USA, the UK, Canada, and Scotland between 1840 and 1920. The most Swallow families were found in United Kingdom in 1891. In 1840 there were 22 Swallow families living in Ohio. This was about 26% of all the recorded Swallow's in USA. Ohio had the highest population of Swallow families in 1840.
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What did your Swallow ancestors do for a living?

In 1940, Farmer and Waitress were the top reported jobs for men and women in the USA named Swallow. 24% of Swallow men worked as a Farmer and 15% of Swallow women worked as a Waitress. Some less common occupations for Americans named Swallow were Truck Driver and Housewife. .

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*We display top occupations by gender to maintain their historical accuracy during times when men and women often performed different jobs.

Top Male Occupations In 1940

  • Farmer
    24%
  • Laborer
    14%
  • Salesman
    8%
  • Truck Driver
    4%

Top Female Occupations In 1940

  • Waitress
    15%
  • Housekeeper
    12%
  • Stenographer
    11%
  • Housewife
    11%
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Census Records

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Passenger Lists

There are 4,000 immigration records available for the last name Swallow. Passenger lists are your ticket to knowing when your ancestors arrived in the USA, and how they made the journey - from the ship name to ports of arrival and departure.

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There are 6,000 military records available for the last name Swallow. For the veterans among your Swallow ancestors, military collections provide insights into where and when they served, and even physical descriptions.

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What is the average Swallow lifespan?

Between 1952 and 2004, in the United States, Swallow life expectancy was at its lowest point in 1960, and highest in 1963. The average life expectancy for Swallow in 1952 was 56, and 71 in 2004.

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