The Swales originated in Yorkshire, most likely as residents along the River Swale and in Swaledale. The name is still common only in Yorkshire.
Swale, Swales. --- Local:
(1) 'of Swallow Hill,' a hamlet near
Barnsley, co. Yorks. At least there is
evidence in favour of this view.
(2) 'At the Swale,' from residence beside
the river of that name, whence Swaledale.
Doubtless this will be deemed the more
satisfactory solution. Swales is the
genitive form; cf. Williams, Jones,
Brooks, Styles, etc. The first reference
is in Darton, the parish in which Swallow
Isabella de Swahill, 1379 : P. T. Yorks.
Robertus de Swaloughill, 1379 : ibid.
Richardus Swale, 1379 : ibid. p. 70.
Thomas de Swale, 1379 : ibid. p. 252.
1754, Married - Matthew Swales and
Dorothy Johnson : St. Geo. Chap. Mayfair,
MDB. (West Rid. Yorks), 15 7; West Riding
Court Dir., 6, z?.
Source: Bardsley, Charles Wareing. A
Dictionary of English and Welsh Surnames
With Special American Instances. Baltimore:
Genealogical Publishing, 1967. Originally
published London, 1901
Here is a coat of arms awarded to a member of the Swale(s) family. Though no coat of arms applies to a family, rather to an individual, this coat of arms may have belonged to one of our ancestors.
Arms: Azure, a fess nebuly argent.
Crest: A greyhound courant ermine collared azure.
Motto: Jesu, esto mihi Jesus (Jesus, be my Savior/Healer)
Silver or White (Argent): Peace and sincerity.
Blue (Azure): Truth and loyalty.
Ermine (white with black spots): Represents fur; Dignity.
Source: Burke's The General Armory of England