Swindell(s), Swindler may be modern jests misrepresenting Swingle(s), Swingler. Guppy counted -ell in Derbys-Staffs, -ells in Ches-Staffs
Swingler o 'one who uses a scourge/rod/swingle (for beating flax)/flail' OE swingell
1 It seems to me to be unlikely that 'swingling'
would be a distinguishing occupation at the time of surname formation in
the fourteenth century. A consonant shift from Swindle to Swingle - as
suggested above for Swinglehurst and as apparently occurred with the
word 'shingle' from shindle for a wooden roof slate - appears