This intriguing and interesting name is of Medieval English origin and is a dialectal variant of the locational name Swaledale from the place in North Yorkshire. Swaledale was recorded circa 1130 in the 'Index to the Charters and Rolls in the British Museum' as 'Sualadala', and in the Pipe Rolls of Yorkshire in 1159 as 'Swaledal'. The derivation of this placename is from the Middle High German 'Swalm', a whirlpool, and the Old English pre 7th Century 'Swillian', to wash, plus 'dale', a valley thus the swirling, rushing river in the valley. One John Swaddle was christened on the 13th November 1587 at Bishopswearmouth, Durham. During the Middle Ages when people left their houses to seek work elsewhere, they would often adopt the placename as a means of identification. The first recorded spelling of the family name is shown to be that of Annes Swaldayll, marriage to Thomas Blenkesop, which was dated July 6th 1561, St. Oswald, Durham, during the reign of Queen Elizabeth 1, 'Good Queen Bess', 1558 - 1603. Surnames became necessary when governments introduced personal taxation. In England this was known as Poll Tax. Throughout the centuries, surnames in every country have continued to "develop" often leading to astonishing variants of the original spelling.

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  • Swaddle — Swad dle, n. [AS. swe?il, swe?el, fr. swe?ain to bind. See {Swathe}.] Anything used to swaddle with, as a cloth or band; a swaddling band. [1913 Webster] They put me in bed in all my swaddles. Addison. [1913 Webster] …   The Collaborative International Dictionary of English

  • Swaddle — Swad dle, v. t. [imp. & p. p. {Swaddled}; p. pr. & vb. n. {Swaddling}.] 1. To bind as with a bandage; to bind or warp tightly with clothes; to swathe; used esp. of infants; as, to swaddle a baby. [1913 Webster] They swaddled me up in my nightgown …   The Collaborative International Dictionary of English

  • swaddle — [swäd′ l] vt. swaddled, swaddling [ME swathlen, prob. altered (infl. by swathen, to SWATHE1) < swethlen < OE swethel, swaddling band, akin to swathian, to SWATHE1] 1. to wrap (a newborn baby) in swaddling clothes, a blanket, etc. 2. to bind …   English World dictionary

  • swaddle — index envelop Burton s Legal Thesaurus. William C. Burton. 2006 …   Law dictionary

  • swaddle — c.1300, probably a frequentative form of O.E. swaþian (see SWATHE (Cf. swathe)). Related: Swaddled; swaddling. Phrase swaddling clothes is from Coverdale (1535) translation of Luke ii:7 …   Etymology dictionary

  • swaddle — ► VERB ▪ wrap in garments or cloth. ORIGIN from SWATHE(Cf. ↑swathe) …   English terms dictionary

  • swaddle — [[t]swɒ̱d(ə)l[/t]] swaddles, swaddling, swaddled VERB If you swaddle a baby, you wrap cloth around it in order to keep it warm or to prevent it from moving. [OLD FASHIONED] [V n] Swaddle your newborn baby so that she feels secure. [V ed] ...a… …   English dictionary

  • swaddle — UK [ˈswɒd(ə)l] / US [ˈswɑd(ə)l] verb [transitive] Word forms swaddle : present tense I/you/we/they swaddle he/she/it swaddles present participle swaddling past tense swaddled past participle swaddled to wrap a baby very tightly in cloth …   English dictionary

  • swaddle — verb Swaddle is used with these nouns as the object: ↑baby …   Collocations dictionary

  • swaddle — swad|dle [ˈswɔdl US ˈswa:dl] v [T] old fashioned [Date: 1400 1500; Origin: Probably from sweddle to swaddle (13 17 centuries), from Old English swethel swaddling clothes ] to wrap a baby tightly to keep it warm and protect it …   Dictionary of contemporary English

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