The name Swebee reached English shores for the first time with the ancestors of the Swebee family as they migrated following the Norman Conquest
of 1066. The Swebee family lived in Lincolnshire
, at the village of Swaby.
Early Origins of the Swebee family
The surname Swebee was first found in Lincolnshire
where they held a family seat
. The Domesday Book
lists the village Swaby in Lincolnshire
as being held by Earl Hugh of Chester, the original name of the village being Suabi. It was customary for the second son of the Lord to take the name of the Manor. The Manor and village consisted of 6 mills at that time. There was also a family from Swabia that arrived in Britain in the 16th century, when George Swebe or Sweey settled in Lambeth, Surrey.
Early History of the Swebee family
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Swebee Spelling Variations
Anglo-Norman names tend to be marked by an enormous number of spelling variations
. This is largely due to the fact that Old and Middle English lacked any spelling rules when Norman French was introduced in the 11th century. The languages of the English courts at that time were French and Latin. These various languages mixed quite freely in the evolving social milieu. The final element of this mix is that medieval scribes spelled words according to their sounds rather than any definite rules, so a name was often spelled in as many different ways as the number of documents it appeared in. The name was spelled Swaby, Swabey, Swabie, Swabee, Swebie, Swebe and many more.
Early Notables of the Swebee family (pre 1700)
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Migration of the Swebee family to the New World and Oceana
Because of the political and religious discontent in England
, families began to migrate abroad in enormous numbers. Faced with persecution and starvation at home, the open frontiers and generally less oppressive social environment of the New World seemed tantalizing indeed to many English people. The trip was difficult, and not all made it unscathed, but many of those who did get to Canada and the United States made important contributions to the young nations in which they settled. Some of the first North American settlers with Swebee name or one of its variants: Joseph James Swaby who landed in America in 1750.
The Swebee Motto
The motto was originally a war cry or slogan. Mottoes first began to be shown with arms in the 14th and 15th centuries, but were not in general use until the 17th century. Thus the oldest coats of arms generally do not include a motto. Mottoes seldom form part of the grant of arms: Under most heraldic authorities, a motto is an optional component of the coat of arms, and can be added to or changed at will; many families have chosen not to display a motto.
Motto: Vera Tropae Fides
Motto Translation: Faith is our true trophy.