Swift Family History

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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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Swift Ethnicity Estimate

What are the common regions with the Swift name?

These results combine data from everyone in the AncestryDNA® database with the last name Swift. The Ancestry® ethnicity regions shown are top five most common on average for these people.

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  • England & Wales


  • Ireland & Scotland


  • Germanic Europe


  • Eastern Europe & Russia


  • Norway


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Swift Family Origin

Where is the Swift family from?

Swift Family Occupations

What did your Swift ancestors do for a living?

In 1881, the most common Swift occupation in the UK was Coal Miner. 5% of Swift's were Coal Miners. A less common occupation for the Swift family was Agricultural Labourer. Coal Miner, Farmer and Labourer were the top 3 reported jobs worked by Swift.

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  • Coal Miner

  • Farmer

  • Labourer

  • Agricultural Labourer


Census records can tell you a lot of little known facts about your Swift ancestors, such as occupation. Occupation can tell you about your ancestor's social and economic status.

Swift Historical Records

What Swift family records will you find?

Census Record

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 List

There are 29,000 immigration records available for the last name Swift. Passenger lists are your ticket to knowing when your ancestors arrived in the UK, and how they made the journey - from the ship name to ports of arrival and departure.

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Draft Card

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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Swift Life Expectancy

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.

View Social Security Death Index (SSDI) for Swift

An unusually short lifespan might indicate that your Swift ancestors lived in harsh conditions. A short lifespan might also indicate health problems that were once prevalent in your family. The SSDI is a searchable database of more than 70 million names. You can find birthdates, death dates, addresses and more.

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