The history of the Sweebee family name begins after the Norman Conquest
of 1066. They lived in Lincolnshire
, at the village of Swaby.
Early Origins of the Sweebee family
The surname Sweebee 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 Sweebee family
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Sweebee Spelling Variations
Anglo-Norman names are characterized by a multitude of spelling variations
. When the Normans
became the ruling people of England
in the 11th century, they introduced a new language into a society where the main languages of Old and later Middle English had no definite spelling rules. These languages were more often spoken than written, so they blended freely with one another. Contributing to this mixing of tongues was the fact that medieval scribes spelled words according to sound, ensuring that a person's name would appear differently in nearly every document in which it was recorded. The name has been spelled Swaby, Swabey, Swabie, Swabee, Swebie, Swebe and many more.
Early Notables of the Sweebee family (pre 1700)
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Migration of the Sweebee family to the New World and Oceana
For many English families, the political and religious disarray that plagued their homeland made the frontiers of the New World an attractive prospect. Thousands migrated, aboard cramped disease-ridden ships. They arrived sick, poor, and hungry, but were welcomed in many cases with far greater opportunity than at home in England
. Many of these hardy settlers went on to make important contributions to the emerging nations in which they landed. Among early immigrants bearing the name Sweebee or a variant listed above were: Joseph James Swaby who landed in America in 1750.
The Sweebee 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.