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Survey of English Place-Names

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Swear Fm

Early-attested site in the Parish of Kirdford

Historical Forms

  • Le Swere 1541 BailiffsAccts
  • Swares 1620 SRS14,109
  • atte Swere 1417 Pat


Swear Fm (6″) is Le Swere in 1541 (Bailiffs Accts ), Swares in 1620 SRS 14, 109, and probably gave name to Henry atte Swere (1417 Pat). OE  sweora is commonly used of a neck or col of land. Here it seems to be used of a projecting ridge with the land falling away on three sides.