Anglo-Saxon origin. It was name for a person who was referred to as swete, which is an Old English word used to describe a sweet or gentle 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 Sweed family
Somerset where they held a family seat from very ancient times, some say before the Norman Conquest of England in 1066 A.D.
Early History of the Sweed family
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Sweed Spelling Variations
Spelling variations in names were a common occurrence before English spelling was standardized a few hundred years ago. In the Middle Ages, even the literate spelled their names differently as the English language incorporated elements of French, Latin, and other European languages. Many variations of the name Sweed have been found, including Sweit, Sweet, Swete, Sweete, Sweett and others.
Early Notables of the Sweed family (pre 1700)
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Migration of the Sweed family to Ireland
Some of the Sweed family moved to Ireland, but this topic is not covered in this excerpt.
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Migration of the Sweed family to the New World and Oceana
Families began migrating abroad in enormous numbers because of the political and religious discontent in England. Often faced with persecution and starvation in England, the possibilities of the New World attracted many English people. Although the ocean trips took many lives, those who did get to North America were instrumental in building the necessary groundwork for what would become powerful new nations. Among early immigrants of the Sweed surname to cross the Atlantic and come to North America were:
Sweed Settlers in United States in the 19th Century
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