Sword Family History

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Sword Name Meaning

Scottish and English: metonymic occupational name for a swordsman or armorer, from Middle English swerd, sword ‘sword’. Irish: reduced Anglicized form of Gaelic Ó Suaird, Ó Suairt ‘descendant of Suart’, a personal name derived from Old Norse Sigvarðr ‘victory keeper’, a cognate of Old English Sigeweard. Compare Seward 1.

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

Similar surnames: Seward, Swords, Ford, Ward, Wood, Lord, Ord, Short, Shore, Work

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Sword Ethnicity Estimate

What are the common regions with the Sword name?

These results combine data from everyone in the AncestryDNA® database with the last name Sword. 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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Sword Family Origin

Where is the Sword family from?

Sword Family Occupations

What did your Sword ancestors do for a living?

In 1881, the most common Sword occupation in the UK was Labourer. 4% of Sword's were Labourers. A less common occupation for the Sword family was Coal Miner. Labourer, Farmer and Shepherd were the top 3 reported jobs worked by Sword.

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  • Labourer

  • Farmer

  • Shepherd

  • Coal Miner


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

Sword Historical Records

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Census Record

There are 19,000 census records available for the last name Sword. Like a window into their day-to-day life, Sword 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 2,000 immigration records available for the last name Sword. 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 3,000 military records available for the last name Sword. For the veterans among your Sword ancestors, military collections provide insights into where and when they served, and even physical descriptions.

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Sword Life Expectancy

What is the average Sword lifespan?

Between 1950 and 2004, in the United States, Sword life expectancy was at its lowest point in 1951, and highest in 1969. The average life expectancy for Sword in 1950 was 51, and 69 in 2004.

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An unusually short lifespan might indicate that your Sword 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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