Sweepea is a name of ancient Norman origin. It arrived in England
with the Norman Conquest
of 1066. The Sweepea family lived in Lincolnshire
, at the village of Swaby.
Early Origins of the Sweepea family
The surname Sweepea 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 Sweepea family
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Sweepea Spelling Variations
Endless spelling variations
are a prevailing characteristic of Norman surnames. Old and Middle English lacked any definite spelling rules, and the introduction of Norman French added an unfamiliar ingredient to the English linguistic stew. French and Latin, the languages of the court, also influenced spellings. Finally, Medieval scribes generally spelled words according to how they sounded, so one person was often referred to by different spellings in different documents. The name has been spelled Swaby, Swabey, Swabie, Swabee, Swebie, Swebe and many more.
Early Notables of the Sweepea family (pre 1700)
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Migration of the Sweepea family to the New World and Oceana
To escape the political and religious persecution within England
at the time, many English families left for the various British colonies abroad. The voyage was extremely difficult, though, and the cramped, dank ships caused many to arrive in the New World diseased and starving. But for those who made it, the trip was most often worth it. Many of the families who arrived went on to make valuable contributions to the emerging nations of Canada and the United States. An inquiry into the early roots of North American families reveals a number of immigrants bearing the name Sweepea or a variant listed above: Joseph James Swaby who landed in America in 1750.
The Sweepea 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.