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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.
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.
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.
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.
Another 29 words (2 lines of text) are included under the topic Early Sweet Notables in all our PDF Extended History products.
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.
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
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
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"
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
- 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
- Sweat Families of the South by Erbon W. Wise.
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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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