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Swales Name Meaning

English (Yorkshire): in all probability from the Swale river in Yorkshire. (Reaney and Wilson list a 17th-century example, Swayles, with this origin.) Alternatively, it may be a metronymic from the Old Norse female personal name Svala.

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


Similar surnames: Scales, Sales, Eales, Swailes, Sale, Swadley, Staves, Stakes, Staley

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Where is the Swales family from?

You can see how Swales families moved over time by selecting different census years. The Swales family name was found in the USA, the UK, Canada, and Scotland between 1840 and 1920. The most Swales families were found in the UK in 1891. In 1911 there were 74 Swales families living in Ontario. This was about 76% of all the recorded Swales's in Canada. Ontario had the highest population of Swales families in 1911.
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What did your Swales ancestors do for a living?

In 1921, Farmer and Housewife were the top reported jobs for men and women in the CA named Swales. 30% of Swales men worked as a Farmer.

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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 1921

  • Farmer
    30%
  • Labourer
    30%
  • Carpenter
    15%
  • Laborer
    15%

Top Female Occupations in 1921

  • Housewife
    100%
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Census Records

There are 45,000 census records available for the last name Swales. Like a window into their day-to-day life, Swales census records can tell you where and how your ancestors worked, their level of education, veteran status, and more.

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Passenger Lists

There are 3,000 immigration records available for the last name Swales. Passenger lists are your ticket to knowing when your ancestors arrived in Canada, and how they made the journey - from the ship name to ports of arrival and departure.

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Draft Cards

There are 2,000 military records available for the last name Swales. For the veterans among your Swales ancestors, military collections provide insights into where and when they served, and even physical descriptions.

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What is the average Swales lifespan?

Between 1961 and 2004, in the United States, Swales life expectancy was at its lowest point in 1979, and highest in 1996. The average life expectancy for Swales in 1961 was 53, and 68 in 2004.

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