The origins of the Swatridge surname date from the ancient Anglo-Saxon
culture of Britain. Their name originated with an early member who was a person who was referred to as swete,
which is an Old English word used to describe a sweet
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.
Early Origins of the Swatridge family
The surname Swatridge was first found in Somerset
where they held a family seat
from very ancient times, some say before the Norman Conquest
in 1066 A.D.
Early History of the Swatridge family
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Swatridge Spelling Variations
The English language only became standardized in the last few centuries; therefore, spelling variations
are common among early Anglo-Saxon
names. As the form of the English language changed, even the spelling of literate people's names evolved. Swatridge has been recorded under many different variations, including Sweit, Sweet, Swete, Sweete, Sweett and others.
Early Notables of the Swatridge family (pre 1700)
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Migration of the Swatridge family to Ireland
Some of the Swatridge family moved to Ireland
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Migration of the Swatridge family to the New World and Oceana
For many English families, the political and religious disarray that shrouded England
made the far away New World an attractive prospect. On cramped disease-ridden ships, thousands migrated to those British colonies that would eventually become Canada and the United States. Those hardy settlers that survived the journey often went on to make important contributions to the emerging nations in which they landed. Analysis of immigration records indicates that some of the first North American immigrants bore the name Swatridge 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.