Swatman History, Family Crest & Coats of Arms
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The Swatman surname came to Ireland from Britain with the Anglo-Norman (Strongbow) invasion of the 12th century. The surname Swatman is derived from the Old English word "swete," which meant "sweet," "pleasant," or "agreeable;" along with the suffix -man. As such, it was a nickname surname, created for a popular person. Most of the native Irish surnames were patronymics created from the Gaelic names of an ancestor, and some of the Anglo-Norman naming practices of these settlers were seen as rather unusual. The Gaelic form of the surname Swatman is Suatman.
Early Origins of the Swatman family
The surname Swatman was first found in County Killkenny, where they settled about the year 1177 where they were granted lands originally belonging to the native Irish for their contribution to the defeat of the Irish by Strongbow, Earl of Pembroke.
One of the first records of the family was Milo Sweetman (died 1380), Archbishop of Armagh, "a native of Ireland, came of an Anglo-Irish family. A Maurice Sweetman was Archdeacon of Armagh in 1365. Milo was appointed treasurer of the cathedral of Ossory or Kilkenny before 1360, in which year the chapter elected him bishop of that diocese. " 
While the name is now generally regarded as Irish, not all of the family emigrated to Ireland with Strongbow. The Hundredorum Rolls of 1273 listed: Swetman (without surname), Oxfordshire; Swetman filius Edith, Oxfordshire; Swetman de Helignam, Norfolk; Sweteman Textor, Buckinghamshire; and Adam Swetman, Oxfordshire, 1273. 
Another source notes that the parish of Swettenham is in the union of Congleton, hundred of Northwich, Cheshire.  This parish derives its name from "the servant of Swet (sweet); one who came from Swettenham (Sweta's homestead.)" 
Early History of the Swatman family
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Swatman Spelling Variations
During an investigation of the origin of each name, it was found that church officials and medieval scribes spelled many surnames as they sounded. Therefore, during the lifetime of a single person, a name could be spelt numerous ways. Some of the spelling variations for the name Swatman include Suatman, Sweetman, Swetman and others.
Early Notables of the Swatman family (pre 1700)
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Swatman migration to the United States +
In the 1840s, Ireland experienced a mass exodus to North America due to the Great Potato Famine. These families wanted to escape from hunger and disease that was ravaging their homeland. With the promise of work, freedom and land overseas, the Irish looked upon British North America and the United States as a means of hope and prosperity. Those that survived the journey were able to achieve this through much hard work and perseverance. Early immigration and passenger lists revealed many bearing the name Swatman:
Swatman Settlers in United States in the 19th Century
- Fanny Swatman, aged 50, who arrived in New York in 1892 aboard the ship "Gallia" from Liverpool, England & Queenstown, Ireland 
- John Swatman, aged 48, originally from Meath, Ireland, who arrived in New York in 1892 aboard the ship "Aurania (1883)" from Liverpool, England 
Swatman Settlers in United States in the 20th Century
- Ralph Swatman, aged 18, who arrived in New York in 1921 aboard the ship "Caronia" from Liverpool, England 
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- ^ Smith, George (ed), Dictionary of National Biography. London: Smith, Elder & Co., 1885-1900. Print
- ^ Bardsley, C.W, A Dictionary of English and Welsh Surnames: With Special American Instances. Wiltshire: Heraldry Today, 1901. Print. (ISBN 0-900455-44-6)
- ^ Lewis, Samuel, A Topographical Dictionary of England. Institute of Historical Research, 1848, Print.
- ^ Smith, Eldson Coles, New Dictionary of American Family Names New York, Harper & Row, 1956. Print
- ^ "New York Passenger Arrival Lists (Ellis Island), 1892-1924," database, FamilySearch (https://familysearch.org/ark:/61903/1:1:J6R4-8Y3 : 6 December 2014), Fanny Swatman, 10 Jun 1892; citing departure port Liverpool & Queenstown, arrival port New York, ship name Gallia, NARA microfilm publication T715 and M237 (Washington D.C.: National Archives and Records Administration, n.d.).
- ^ "New York Passenger Arrival Lists (Ellis Island), 1892-1924," database, FamilySearch (https://familysearch.org/ark:/61903/1:1:J6RV-X5Q : 6 December 2014), John Swatman, 10 Oct 1892; citing departure port Liverpool, arrival port New York, ship name Aurania (1883), NARA microfilm publication T715 and M237 (Washington D.C.: National Archives and Records Administration, n.d.).
- ^ "New York Passenger Arrival Lists (Ellis Island), 1892-1924," database, FamilySearch (https://familysearch.org/ark:/61903/1:1:J6NR-GM3 : 6 December 2014), Ralph Swatman, 26 Jun 1921; citing departure port Liverpool, arrival port New York, ship name Caronia, NARA microfilm publication T715 and M237 (Washington D.C.: National Archives and Records Administration, n.d.).