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The name Sweed is of 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.

Sweed Early Origins



The surname Sweed was first found in Somerset where they held a family seat from very ancient times, some say before the Norman Conquest of England in 1066 A.D.

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Sweed Spelling Variations


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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.

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Sweed Early History


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Sweed Early History



This web page shows only a small excerpt of our Sweed research. Another 171 words (12 lines of text) covering the years 1665, 1583, 1583 and 1708 are included under the topic Early Sweed History in all our PDF Extended History products and printed products wherever possible.

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Sweed Early Notables (pre 1700)


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Sweed Early Notables (pre 1700)



Another 20 words (1 lines of text) are included under the topic Early Sweed Notables in all our PDF Extended History products and printed products wherever possible.

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Sweed In Ireland


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Sweed In Ireland



Some of the Sweed family moved to Ireland, but this topic is not covered in this excerpt. Another 57 words (4 lines of text) about their life in Ireland is included in all our PDF Extended History products and printed products wherever possible.

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The Great Migration



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

  • H A Sweed, who arrived in San Francisco, California in 1851

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Sweed Family Crest Products


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Citations


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Citations



    Other References

    1. Hitching, F.K and S. Hitching. References to English Surnames in 1601-1602. Walton On Thames: 1910. Print. (ISBN 0-8063-0181-3).
    2. Elster, Robert J. International Who's Who. London: Europa/Routledge. Print.
    3. Filby, P. William and Mary K Meyer. Passenger and Immigration Lists Index in Four Volumes. Detroit: Gale Research, 1985. Print. (ISBN 0-8103-1795-8).
    4. Sanders, Joanne McRee Edition. English Settlers in Barbados 1637-1800. Baltimore: Genealogical Publishing. Print.
    5. Best, Hugh. Debrett's Texas Peerage. New York: Coward-McCann, 1983. Print. (ISBN 069811244X).
    6. Hanks, Patricia and Flavia Hodges. A Dictionary of Surnames. Oxford: Oxford University Press, 1988. Print. (ISBN 0-19-211592-8).
    7. Burke, Sir Bernard. Burke's Genealogical and Heraldic History of the Landed Gentry: Including American Families with British Ancestry. (2 Volumes). London: Burke Publishing, 1939. Print.
    8. Leeson, Francis L. Dictionary of British Peerages. Baltimore: Genealogical Publishing, 1986. Print. (ISBN 0-8063-1121-5).
    9. Shaw, William A. Knights of England A Complete Record from the Earliest Time to the Present Day of the Knights of all the Orders of Chivalry in England, Scotland, Ireland and Knights Bachelors 2 Volumes. Baltimore: Genealogical Publishing. Print. (ISBN 080630443X).
    10. Marcharn, Frederick George. A Constitutional History of Modern England 1485 to the Present. London: Harper and Brothers, 1960. Print.
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    The Sweed Family Crest was acquired from the Houseofnames.com archives. The Sweed 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 21 May 2014 at 08:41.

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