Origin of the Name Swallow
The ancient history of the name Swallow
was found in the allfamilycrests.com archives. Swallow is a name of nickname origin meaning 'the swallow', from the beautiful bird. This name is of English descent and is found in many ancient manuscripts in that country. Examples of such are a Thomas Swalowe who was recorded in the 'Poll Tax' of the West Riding of Yorkshire in the year 1379. A Ricardus Swalough who was also recorded in the same year in this ancient document. A Samuell Swallow and Francis Denyson were married in Saint James, Clerkenwell, in the year 1624.
Names were recorded in these ancient documents to make it easier for their overlords to collect taxes and to keep records of the population at any given time. When the overlords acquired land by either force or gifts from their rulers, they created charters of ownership for themselves and their vassals. It was by creating, maintaining and updating these reference books that they were able to maintain their authority and enforce laws.
In Ireland this name is usually of immigrant origin having been introduced into Ulster by settlers from England and Scotland, especially during the seventeenth century.
The Swallow coat of arms came into existence centuries ago. The process of creating coats of arms (also often called family crests) began in the eleventh century although a form of Proto-Heraldry may have existed in some countries prior to this. The new art of Heraldry made it possible for families and even individual family members to have their very own coat of arms, including all Swallow descendants.