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Where did the English Sweed family come from? What is the English Sweed family crest and coat of arms? When did the Sweed family first arrive in the United States? Where did the various branches of the family go? What is the Sweed family history?The name Sweed is of Anglo-Saxon origin. It was name for a person who was referred to as swete, which is an Old English word used to describe a sweet or gentle person. A broad and miscellaneous class of surnames, nickname surnames referred to a characteristic of the first person who used the name. They can describe the bearer's favored style of clothing, appearance, habits, or character.
Spelling variations in names were a common occurrence before English spelling was standardized a few hundred years ago. In the Middle Ages, even the literate spelled their names differently as the English language incorporated elements of French, Latin, and other European languages. Many variations of the name Sweed have been found, including Sweit, Sweet, Swete, Sweete, Sweett and others.
This web page shows only a small excerpt of our Sweed research. Another 271 words(19 lines of text) covering the year 1665 is included under the topic Early Sweed History in all our PDF Extended History products.
More information is included under the topic Early Sweed Notables in all our PDF Extended History products.
Some of the Sweed family moved to Ireland, but this topic is not covered in this excerpt. Another 121 words(9 lines of text) about their life in Ireland is included in all our PDF Extended History products.
Families began migrating abroad in enormous numbers because of the political and religious discontent in England. Often faced with persecution and starvation in England, the possibilities of the New World attracted many English people. Although the ocean trips took many lives, those who did get to North America were instrumental in building the necessary groundwork for what would become powerful new nations. Among early immigrants of the Sweed surname to cross the Atlantic and come to North America were:
Sweed Settlers in the United States in the 19th Century
The Sweed Family Crest was acquired from the Houseofnames.com archives. The Sweed Family Crest was drawn according to heraldic standards based on published blazons. We generally include the oldest published family crest once associated with each surname.
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