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The Sweatman surname came to Ireland from Britain with the Anglo-Norman (Strongbow) invasion of the 12th century. The surname Sweatman 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 Sweatman is Suatman.

Sweatman Early Origins



The surname Sweatman 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.

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Sweatman Spelling Variations


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Sweatman Spelling Variations



Medieval scribes and church officials spelt names simply the way they sounded, which explains the various name spelling variations of the name Sweatman that were encountered when researching that surname. The many spelling variations included: Suatman, Sweetman, Swetman and others.

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Sweatman Early History


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Sweatman Early History



This web page shows only a small excerpt of our Sweatman research. Another 119 words (8 lines of text) covering the years 1584, 1874, 1380, 1360 and 1361 are included under the topic Early Sweatman History in all our PDF Extended History products and printed products wherever possible.

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Sweatman Early Notables (pre 1700)


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Sweatman Early Notables (pre 1700)



Another 21 words (2 lines of text) are included under the topic Early Sweatman Notables in all our PDF Extended History products and printed products wherever possible.

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The Great Migration


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The Great Migration



Irish immigration to North American began in the late 18th century as many Irish families desired to own their own land. This pattern of immigration grew slowly yet steadily until the 1840s. At that time, a failed crop and a growing population in Ireland resulted in the Great Potato Famine. Poverty, disease, and starvation ravaged the land. To ease their pain and suffering the Irish often looked upon North America as a solution: hundreds of thousands undertook the voyage. Their arrival meant the growth of industry and commerce for British North America and the United States. For the individual Irishman, it meant survival and hope, and the opportunity for work, freedom, and ownership of land. The early immigration and passenger lists revealed many bearing the name Sweatman:

Sweatman Settlers in United States in the 17th Century

  • Richard Sweatman, who landed in Maryland in 1677
  • Jefery Sweatman, who landed in Maryland in 1678

Sweatman Settlers in United States in the 18th Century

  • William Sweatman, who arrived in Virginia in 1701
  • Anne Sweatman, who landed in Virginia in 1714

Sweatman Settlers in Canada in the 19th Century

  • Elizth Sweatman, aged 20, arrived in Montreal in 1841
  • Elizth Sweatman, aged 45, landed in Montreal in 1841
  • Harriet Sweatman, aged 12, arrived in Montreal in 1841
  • John Sweatman, who arrived in Montreal in 1841
  • Lucy Sweatman, aged 18, landed in Montreal in 1841
  • ... (More are available in all our PDF Extended History products and printed products wherever possible.)

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Contemporary Notables of the name Sweatman (post 1700)


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Contemporary Notables of the name Sweatman (post 1700)



  • Wilbur Sweatman (1882-1961), African-American ragtime and dixieland jazz composer
  • Margaret Sweatman (b. 1953), Canadian writer from Winnipeg
  • Fraser Sweatman (1913-1991), Canadian silver medalist figure skater who competed at the 1936 Winter Olympics
  • Arthur Sweatman (1834-1909), English-born, Canadian priest and archbishop, the 3rd Primate of the Anglican Church of Canada

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Citations


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Citations



    Other References

    1. Crozier, William Armstrong Edition. Crozier's General Armory A Registry of American Families Entitled to Coat Armor. New York: Fox, Duffield, 1904. Print.
    2. Land Owners in Ireland. Genealogical Publishing. Print. (ISBN 0-8063-1203-3).
    3. Rasmussen, Louis J. . San Francisco Ship Passenger Lists 4 Volumes Colma, California 1965 Reprint. Baltimore: Genealogical Publishing, 1978. Print.
    4. Egle, William Henry. Pennsylvania Genealogies Scotch-Irish and German. Harrisburg: L.S. Hart, 1886. Print.
    5. Harris, Ruth-Ann and B. Emer O'Keefe. The Search for Missing Friends Irish Immigrant Advertisements Placed in the Boston Pilot Volume II 1851-1853. Boston, MA: New England Historic Genealogical Society, 1991. Print.
    6. Matthews, John. Matthews' American Armoury and Blue Book. London: John Matthews, 1911. Print.
    7. Read, Charles Anderson. The Cabinet of Irish Literature Selections from the Works of the Chief Poets, Orators and Prose Writers of Ireland 4 Volumes. London: Blackie and Son, 1884. Print.
    8. Skordas, Guest. Ed. The Early Settlers of Maryland an Index to Names or Immigrants Complied from Records of Land Patents 1633-1680 in the Hall of Records Annapolis, Maryland. Baltimore: Genealogical Publishing Co., 1992. Print.
    9. Vicars, Sir Arthur. Index to the Prerogative Wills of Ireland 1536-1810. Baltimore: Genealogical Publishing Co. Print.
    10. Somerset Fry, Peter and Fiona Somerset Fry. A History of Ireland. New York: Barnes and Noble, 1993. Print. (ISBN 1-56619-215-3).
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    The Sweatman Family Crest was acquired from the Houseofnames.com archives. The Sweatman 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.

    This page was last modified on 3 December 2015 at 16:41.

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