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Swingle Genealogy and Swingle Family History Information

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About the Swingle surname

Swingle: an occupational name for a worker in the linen or hemp industry, from Middle English swingle, a wooden implement used for beating flax or hemp (Middle Dutch swinghel, from the verb 'to swing').

Swingle could possibly be an Anglicized spelling of the German or Swiss Zwingel, a topographic name from Middle High German zwingel meaning 'citadel.'

The name Swingle for branches in the United States is the Anglicized spelling of the German Schwingel.