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Swift Family History

Swift Name Meaning

English: nickname for a rapid runner, from Middle English swift ‘fleet’. Irish: Anglicization (part translation) of Gaelic Ó Fuada (see Foody). Americanized form of some like-sounding Jewish name.

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


Similar surnames: Sweet, Witt, Saint, Stiff, Swart, Wint, Twist, Swick, Gift, Swing

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Where is the Swift family from?

You can see how Swift families moved over time by selecting different census years. The Swift family name was found in the USA, the UK, Canada, and Scotland between 1840 and 1920. The most Swift families were found in the UK in 1891. In 1911 there were 233 Swift families living in Ontario. This was about 47% of all the recorded Swift's in Canada. Ontario had the highest population of Swift families in 1911.
Use census records and voter lists to see where families with the Swift surname lived. Within census records, you can often find information like name of household members, ages, birthplaces, residences, and occupations.

What did your Swift ancestors do for a living?

In 1921, Farmer and Nurse were the top reported jobs for men and women in the CA named Swift. 31% of Swift men worked as a Farmer and 22% of Swift women worked as a Nurse. Some less common occupations for Americans named Swift were Laborer and Stenographer.

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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
    31%
  • Labourer
    8%
  • Clerk
    7%
  • Laborer
    6%

Top Female Occupations in 1921

  • Nurse
    22%
  • Clerk
    22%
  • Housekeeper
    16%
  • Stenographer
    16%
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What Swift family records will you find?

Census Records

There are 310,000 census records available for the last name Swift. Like a window into their day-to-day life, Swift 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 29,000 immigration records available for the last name Swift. 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 45,000 military records available for the last name Swift. For the veterans among your Swift ancestors, military collections provide insights into where and when they served, and even physical descriptions.

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What is the average Swift lifespan?

Between 1943 and 2004, in the United States, Swift life expectancy was at its lowest point in 1944, and highest in 2000. The average life expectancy for Swift in 1943 was 43, and 75 in 2004.

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