The name Sweat is an ancient Anglo-Saxon
name that was given to a person 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 Sweat family
The surname Sweat 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 Sweat family
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Sweat Spelling Variations
Only recently has spelling become standardized in the English language. As the English language evolved in the Middle Ages, the spelling of names changed also. The name Sweat has undergone many spelling variations
, including Sweit, Sweet, Swete, Sweete, Sweett and others.
Early Notables of the Sweat family (pre 1700)
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Migration of the Sweat family to Ireland
Some of the Sweat family moved to Ireland
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Migration of the Sweat family to the New World and Oceana
To escape the unstable social climate in England
of this time, many families boarded ships for the New World with the hope of finding land, opportunity, and greater religious and political freedom. Although the voyages were expensive, crowded, and difficult, those families that arrived often found greater opportunities and freedoms than they could have experienced at home. Many of those families went on to make significant contributions to the rapidly developing colonies in which they settled. Early North American records indicate many people bearing the name Sweat were among those contributors:
Sweat Settlers in United States in the 19th Century
- M A Sweat, who arrived in San Francisco, California in 1850 CITATION[CLOSE]
Filby, P. William, Meyer, Mary K., Passenger and immigration lists index : a guide to published arrival records of about 500,000 passengers who came to the United States and Canada in the seventeenth, eighteenth, and nineteenth centuries. 1982-1985 Cumulated Supplements in Four Volumes Detroit, Mich. : Gale Research Co., 1985, Print (ISBN 0-8103-1795-8)
- L. D. M. Sweat, aged 60, who emigrated to America, in 1895
- M. Sweat, aged 50, who landed in America, in 1895
Sweat Settlers in United States in the 20th Century
- Marg. F.M. Sweat, aged 83, who emigrated to the United States, in 1907
- William P. Sweat, aged 25, who settled in America, in 1912
- Edward Sweat, aged 28, who landed in America, in 1918
- Maud A. Sweat, aged 24, who landed in America, in 1919
- William Sweat, aged 27, who landed in America, in 1922
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Contemporary Notables of the name Sweat (post 1700)
- Judge Noah S. "Soggy" Sweat Jr. (1922-1996), American judge, law professor, and state representative for Mississippi
- Lorenzo De Medici Sweat (1818-1898), U.S. Representative from Maine
- Edward "Eddie" Sweat (1939-1998), American groom in Thoroughbred horse racing for Secretariat
- Keith Sweat (b. 1963), American R&B singer-songwriter, record producer and radio personality
Suggested Readings for the name Sweat
- Sweat Families of the South by Erbon W. Wise.