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The name Sweet comes from the ancient Anglo-Saxon culture of Britain. It was a 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.

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The surname Sweet 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.

Only recently has spelling become standardized in the English language. As the English language evolved in the Middle Ages, the spelling of names changed also. The name Sweet has undergone many spelling variations, including Sweit, Sweet, Swete, Sweete, Sweett and others.


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

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

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Some of the Sweet 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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To escape the unstable social climate in England of this time, many families boarded ships for the New World with the hope of finding land, opportunity, and greater religious and political freedom. Although the voyages were expensive, crowded, and difficult, those families that arrived often found greater opportunities and freedoms than they could have experienced at home. Many of those families went on to make significant contributions to the rapidly developing colonies in which they settled. Early North American records indicate many people bearing the name Sweet were among those contributors:

Sweet Settlers in United States in the 17th Century

  • Robert Sweet who settled in Virginia in 1623
  • Robert Sweet, who landed in Virginia in 1623
  • John Sweet, who arrived in Salem, Massachusetts in 1630
  • Thomas Sweet settled in Boston Massachusetts in 1633
  • Win Sweet, who arrived in Virginia in 1650
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Sweet Settlers in United States in the 18th Century

  • Amout Sweet, aged 13, arrived in New York in 1711
  • Isaac Sweet, who arrived in Virginia in 1714
  • William Sweet, who arrived in America in 1760-1763

Sweet Settlers in United States in the 19th Century

  • Lydna A Sweet, who arrived in Texas in 1835
  • Darius T Sweet, who arrived in New York in 1837
  • F P Sweet, who landed in San Francisco, California in 1851

Sweet Settlers in Canada in the 18th Century

  • Benoni Sweet, who landed in Nova Scotia in 1760
  • Nehemiah Sweet, who arrived in Nova Scotia in 1760
  • George Sweet, who landed in New Brunswick in 1783
  • Mr. George Sweet U.E. (b. 1749) born in Rhode Island, USA who settled in Saint John, New Brunswick c. 1783 passenger aboard the Union Transport he was a Wheelwright, he died in 1818 [1]CITATION[CLOSE]
    Rubincam, Milton. The Old United Empire Loyalists List. Genealogical Publishing Co., Inc, 1976. (Originally published as; United Empire Loyalists. The Centennial of the Settlement of Upper Canada. Rose Publishing Company, 1885.) ISBN 0-8063-0331-X
  • Mr. Charles Sweet U.E. who settled in Eastern District [Cornwall], Ontario c. 1784 [2]CITATION[CLOSE]
    Rubincam, Milton. The Old United Empire Loyalists List. Genealogical Publishing Co., Inc, 1976. (Originally published as; United Empire Loyalists. The Centennial of the Settlement of Upper Canada. Rose Publishing Company, 1885.) ISBN 0-8063-0331-X
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Sweet Settlers in Canada in the 19th Century

  • Laton Sweet, who landed in Canada in 1841

Sweet Settlers in Australia in the 19th Century

  • Jabez Sweet arrived in Adelaide, Australia aboard the ship "Asiatic" in 1849
  • James Sweet, aged 24, arrived in Adelaide, Australia aboard the ship "Sultana" in 1851
  • James Sweet, aged 24, a labourer, arrived in South Australia in 1851 aboard the ship "Sultana"
  • Simon Sweet, aged 18, arrived in South Australia in 1854 aboard the ship "Lord Raglan"
  • Henry Sweet (aged 24), a miner, arrived in South Australia in 1856 aboard the ship "Aliquis"
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Sweet Settlers in New Zealand in the 19th Century

  • E D Sweet landed in Nelson, New Zealand in 1842 aboard the ship Lord Auckland
  • Charles Sweet landed in Wellington, New Zealand in 1843
  • Benjamin Sweet arrived in Auckland, New Zealand aboard the ship "City of Auckland" in 1870
  • Sarah Sweet arrived in Auckland, New Zealand aboard the ship "City of Auckland" in 1870
  • Thomas Sweet arrived in Auckland, New Zealand aboard the ship "City of Auckland" in 1870
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  • William Ellery Sweet (1869-1942), American politician, 23rd Governor of Colorado from 1923-1925
  • Robert Sweet (b. 1960), American drummer of the Christian metal band Stryper
  • Rachel Sweet (b. 1962), American singer, writer and actress
  • Ossian Sweet (1895-1960), American physician, eponym of the Sweet Trials
  • Michael Sweet (b. 1963), American vocalist for the Christian metal band Stryper
  • Elnathan Sweet (1837-1903), New York State Engineer and Surveyor (1884 to 1887)
  • Adolphus Jean "Dolph" Sweet (1920-1985), American actor who had nearly 60 television and film roles
  • Arthur G. Sweet, American Republican politician, Member of Connecticut State House of Representatives from Lyme, 1921-22
  • A. George III Sweet, American Republican politician, Candidate for U.S. Representative from Virginia 4th District, 1994
  • B. J. Sweet, American Republican politician, Delegate to Republican National Convention from Illinois, 1868
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Sweet Historic Events



Halifax Explosion

  • Master Robert Borden  Sweet (1908-1917), Canadian resident from Halifax, Nova Scotia, Canada who died in the Halifax Explosion on 6th December 1917
  • Mr. William  Sweet (1879-1917), Canadian resident from Halifax, Nova Scotia, Canada who died in the Halifax Explosion on 6th December 1917
  • Mrs. Annie Laurie  Sweet (1887-1917), Canadian resident from Halifax, Nova Scotia, Canada who died in the Halifax Explosion on 6th December 1917
  • Child Sweet, Canadian resident from Halifax, Nova Scotia, Canada who died in the Halifax Explosion on 6th December 1917
  • Child Sweet, Canadian resident from Halifax, Nova Scotia, Canada who died in the Halifax Explosion on 6th December 1917

RMS Lusitania

  • Mr. Frank Harold Sweet, Canadian 2nd Class passenger from Toronto, Ontario, Canada, who sailed aboard the RMS Lusitania and survived the sinking

RMS Titanic

  • Mr. George Frederick Sweet (d. 1912), aged 14, English Second Class passenger from Yeovil, Somerset who sailed aboard the RMS Titanic and died in the sinking
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  • Sweat Families of the South by Erbon W. Wise.
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Citations



  1. ^ Rubincam, Milton. The Old United Empire Loyalists List. Genealogical Publishing Co., Inc, 1976. (Originally published as; United Empire Loyalists. The Centennial of the Settlement of Upper Canada. Rose Publishing Company, 1885.) ISBN 0-8063-0331-X
  2. ^ Rubincam, Milton. The Old United Empire Loyalists List. Genealogical Publishing Co., Inc, 1976. (Originally published as; United Empire Loyalists. The Centennial of the Settlement of Upper Canada. Rose Publishing Company, 1885.) ISBN 0-8063-0331-X

Other References

  1. Bardsley, C.W. A Dictionary of English and Welsh Surnames: With Special American Instances. Wiltshire: Heraldry Today, 1901. Print. (ISBN 0-900455-44-6).
  2. Virkus, Frederick A. Ed. Immigrant Ancestors A List of 2,500 Immigrants to America Before 1750. Baltimore: Genealogical Publishing, 1964. Print.
  3. Matthews, John. Matthews' American Armoury and Blue Book. London: John Matthews, 1911. Print.
  4. Bolton, Charles Knowles. Bolton's American Armory. Baltimore: Heraldic Book Company, 1964. Print.
  5. Hitching, F.K and S. Hitching. References to English Surnames in 1601-1602. Walton On Thames: 1910. Print. (ISBN 0-8063-0181-3).
  6. Colletta, John P. They Came In Ships. Salt Lake City: Ancestry, 1993. Print.
  7. Bowman, George Ernest. The Mayflower Reader A Selection of Articales from The Mayflower Descendent. Baltimore: Genealogical Publishing. Print.
  8. 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).
  9. Bullock, L.G. Historical Map of England and Wales. Edinburgh: Bartholomew and Son, 1971. Print.
  10. Crispin, M. Jackson and Leonce Mary. Falaise Roll Recording Prominent Companions of William Duke of Normandy at the Conquest of England. Baltimore: Genealogical Publishing. Print.
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The Sweet Family Crest was acquired from the Houseofnames.com archives. The Sweet 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.

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