From father-daughter singing duos like Miley Cyrus and Billy Rae Cyrus, to supermodel sisters like Bella Hadid and Gigi Hadid, the entertainment industry is filled with celebrities who share blood bonds. But what about country singer Taylor Swift?
It’s unclear whether Taylor Swift is related to Irish author Jonathan Swift. As well as sharing a last name, both Taylor and Jonathan are of Anglo-Irish heritage so it’s definitely a possibility. The Swift side of Taylor’s family can be traced back 11 generations to William Swift, but there are no Jonathans on record.
Keep reading to find out who Jonathan Swift is, and whether Taylor Swift has other famous relatives.
Who is Jonathan Swift?
Born 30th November 1667, Jonathan Swift is an Anglo-Irish essayist, cleric, satirist, political pamphleteer, and poet. He’s most known for writing Gulliver’s Travels (1726), A Modest Proposal (1729), and A Tale of Tub (1704).
Sadly, Jonathan’s father died two months before he was born, and his mother struggled to provide for Jonathan alone. Jonathan, therefore, grew up under the care of his uncle, a well-respected attorney. He was enrolled in Kilkenny Grammar School and went on to receive a bachelor’s degree from Trinity College, Dublin.
Upon William of Orange invading England in 1688, Swift moved to England and became secretary to Sir William Temple. By 1692 he had received a MA from Oxford University and began publishing his poems.
He continued publishing his writing over the years, often under pseudonyms. Jonathan became increasingly involved in politics and the Church of Ireland, working his way up the ranks to become Dean of St Patrick’s Cathedral in Ireland.
In 1742, Jonathan suffered from a stroke that left him paralysed. He died three years later in 1745.
When it comes to Taylor Swift, whereas, the singer-songwriter was born on December 13th, 1989 in Reading, Pennsylvania. Her parents, Scott Kingsley Swift and Andrea Gardner, chose the name Taylor because it is gender-neutral, which they thought would help Taylor’s career.
According to The Surname Database, the surname Swift is of Anglo-Saxon origin. It derives from the Old English word ‘suift’, which was used to describe somebody who was a fast runner.
Are there any famous runners or sportsmen in Taylors lineage?
American actor Gregory Peck is Taylors 9thcousin twice removed. As one of the most well-loved movie stars, Peck was a big name from the 1940s to the 1960s. He’s most known for his roles as Atticus Finchin To Kill a Mockingbird (1962), and Robert Thorn in The Omen (1976).
Franklin D. Roosevelt
Next up is the 32ndPresident of the United States, Franklin D. Roosevelt. Franklin is 6th cousin 1 time removed to Jireh Swift, who is Taylor Swift’s 6th great-grandfather. Roosevelt was a member of the Democratic Party and is the only president to be inaugurated for a fourth term in office. Taylor has since followed in his footsteps and is an outspoken supporter of the Democrats.
King Robert I
She may have a song called ‘King Of My Heart’ but what about King of France? Taylors 34th great-grandfather is King Robert I, who served as the King of France. Robert was crowned King on 29thJune 922, though his leadership was widely contested. This came to a head less than a year later, when Robert’s army fought the Vikings in the Battle of Soissons, and Robert was killed.
To summarise, it’s uncertain whether Taylor Swift is related to noteworthy author Jonathan Swift. But despite this, Taylor’s family history is far from bland. They say that talent runs in the family, so can we expect Taylor Swift to become the President of the United States?