Swint Family Genealogy Forum
You asked a hard question. I was told that our SWINT ancestors from way back in Germany may have been keepers of Swine. In the late 1700s and early 1800s our name was spelled SCHWINDT and something a little different before that and the name originally ment keepers of swine. I do not know how true this is. Swint's did not all come from the same place in Germany. Our Swint's are from Ohio, but we are not related to another Swint line in Northern Ohio. I know that there was an early Swint line in GA, SC, & maybe NC. There is a book about this Swint line and some went on to TX. To my knowledge these were all white families.
If a black man was living as a slave for a landowner and that black man needed a last name would he not take the name of the landowner?? How about anybody that he worked for, even a friend?? It has only been in the last couple hundred yrs. if that, that last names were needed. A lot of the Indians took names like Davis, Smith, Starr, etc.
That is a few ways people accquired their last name. Kathie SWINT