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Where did the English Sweit family come from? What is the English Sweit family crest and coat of arms? When did the Sweit family first arrive in the United States? Where did the various branches of the family go? What is the Sweit family history?

The history of the name Sweit goes back those Anglo-Saxon tribes that once ruled over Britain. Such a name was given to 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.

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Sound was what guided spelling in the essentially pre-literate Middle Ages, so one person's name was often recorded under several variations during a single lifetime. Also, before the advent of the printing press and the first dictionaries, the English language was not standardized. Therefore, spelling variations were common, even among the names of the most literate people. Known variations of the Sweit family name include Sweit, Sweet, Swete, Sweete, Sweett and others.

First found in Somerset where they held a family seat from very ancient times, some say before the Norman Conquest of England in 1066 A.D.


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This web page shows only a small excerpt of our Sweit research. Another 171 words(12 lines of text) covering the years 1665, 1583, 1583 and 1708 are included under the topic Early Sweit History in all our PDF Extended History products.

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Another 29 words(2 lines of text) are included under the topic Early Sweit Notables in all our PDF Extended History products.

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Some of the Sweit family moved to Ireland, but this topic is not covered in this excerpt. Another 57 words(4 lines of text) about their life in Ireland is included in all our PDF Extended History products.

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For political, religious, and economic reasons, thousands of English families boarded ships for Ireland, the Canadas, the America colonies, and many of smaller tropical colonies in the hope of finding better lives abroad. Although the passage on the cramped, dank ships caused many to arrive in the New World diseased and starving, those families that survived the trip often went on to make valuable contributions to those new societies to which they arrived. Investigation of the origins of family names on the North American continent has revealed that early immigrants bearing the name Sweit or a variant listed above: Robert Sweet who settled in Virginia in 1623; George settled there in 1653; Thomas Sweet settled in Boston Massachusetts in 1633; William Sweet settled in Virginia in 1654.

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The Sweit Family Crest was acquired from the Houseofnames.com archives. The Sweit 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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