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The distinguished surname Sweetapple emerged among the industrious people of Flanders, which was an important trading partner and political ally of Britain during the Middle Ages. As a result of the frequent commercial intercourse between the Flemish and English nations, many Flemish migrants settled in Britain. In early times, people were known by only a single name. However, as the population grew and people traveled further afield, it became increasingly necessary to assume an additional name to differentiate between bearers of the same personal name. The manner in which hereditary surnames arose is interesting. Local surnames are derived from where the original bearer lived, was born, or held land. Flemish surnames of this type frequently are prefixed by de la or de le, which mean of the or from the. The Sweetapple family originally lived near a particularly prominent sweet apple tree. The surname Sweetapple belongs to the class of topographic surnames, which were given to people who resided near physical features such as hills, streams, churches, or types of trees. However, the name Sweetapple may in some cases be a nickname that was applied as a term of affection or was given to someone who was fond of eating apples.

Sweetapple Early Origins



The surname Sweetapple was first found in Surrey where they held a family seat from very ancient times as Lords of the manor of Sweetapple, some say before the Norman Conquest of England in 1066 A.D. The original Flemish name was believed to be Zoetappel.

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Sweetapple Spelling Variations


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Sweetapple Spelling Variations



Flemish surnames are characterized by a large number of spelling variations. One reason for this is that medieval English lacked definite spelling rules. The spellings of surnames were also influenced by the official court languages, which were French and Latin. Names were rarely spelled consistently in medieval times. Scribes and church officials recorded names as they sounded, rather than adhering to specific spelling rules, and people often had their names registered in several different forms throughout their lives. One of the greatest reasons for change is the linguistic uniqueness of the Flemish settlers in England, who spoke a language closely related to Dutch. The pronunciation and spelling of Flemish names were often altered to suit the tastes of English-speaking people. In many cases, the first, final, or middle syllables of surnames were eliminated. The name has been spelled Sweetaple, Sweetapple, Swetaple, Swetapple and others.

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Sweetapple Early History


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Sweetapple Early History



This web page shows only a small excerpt of our Sweetapple research. Another 81 words (6 lines of text) covering the year 1694 is included under the topic Early Sweetapple History in all our PDF Extended History products and printed products wherever possible.

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Sweetapple Early Notables (pre 1700)


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Sweetapple Early Notables (pre 1700)



More information is included under the topic Early Sweetapple Notables in all our PDF Extended History products and printed products wherever possible.

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The Great Migration


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The Great Migration



Some of the first settlers of this family name were:

Sweetapple Settlers in New Zealand in the 19th Century

  • Robert Sweetapple arrived in Wellington, New Zealand aboard the ship "Black Swan" in 1866
  • Ann Sweetapple arrived in Wellington, New Zealand aboard the ship "Black Swan" in 1866
  • Harriet Sweetapple arrived in Wellington, New Zealand aboard the ship "Black Swan" in 1866
  • William Sweetapple, aged 21, arrived in Auckland, New Zealand aboard the ship "Rangitikei" in 1884
  • Anne Sweetapple, aged 23, arrived in Auckland, New Zealand aboard the ship "Rangitikei" in 1884
  • ... (More are available in all our PDF Extended History products and printed products wherever possible.)

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Contemporary Notables of the name Sweetapple (post 1700)


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Contemporary Notables of the name Sweetapple (post 1700)



  • Matthew Sweetapple, who with his wife Elaine Sweetaple founded Sweetapple, a charitable brand, creative consultancy and production company in 2002 who have raised over one millions pounds
  • Danae Suzanna Sweetapple (b. 1967), Australian silver and two-time bronze medalist Paralympic swimmer
  • Kathy Sweetapple, Canadian artist from Newfoundland

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Citations



    Other References

    1. Colletta, John P. They Came In Ships. Salt Lake City: Ancestry, 1993. Print.
    2. Bolton, Charles Knowles. Bolton's American Armory. Baltimore: Heraldic Book Company, 1964. Print.
    3. Chadwick, Nora Kershaw and J.X.W.P Corcoran. The Celts. London: Penguin, 1790. Print. (ISBN 0140212116).
    4. Le Patourel, John. The Norman Empire. New York: Oxford University Press, 1976. Print. (ISBN 0-19-822525-3).
    5. Thirsk, Joan. The Agrarian History of England and Wales. Cambridge: Cambridge University Press: 7 Volumes. Print.
    6. Egle, William Henry. Pennsylvania Genealogies Scotch-Irish and German. Harrisburg: L.S. Hart, 1886. Print.
    7. Skordas, Guest. Ed. The Early Settlers of Maryland an Index to Names or Immigrants Complied from Records of Land Patents 1633-1680 in the Hall of Records Annapolis, Maryland. Baltimore: Genealogical Publishing, 1968. Print.
    8. Bede, The Venerable. Historia Ecclesiatica Gentis Anglorum (The Ecclesiastical History Of the English People). Available through Internet Medieval Sourcebook the Fordham University Centre for Medieval Studies. Print.
    9. Hinde, Thomas Ed. The Domesday Book England's Heritage Then and Now. Surrey: Colour Library Books, 1995. Print. (ISBN 1-85833-440-3).
    10. Magnusson, Magnus. Chambers Biographical Dictionary 5th edition. Edinburgh: W & R Chambers, 1990. Print.
    11. ...

    The Sweetapple Family Crest was acquired from the Houseofnames.com archives. The Sweetapple 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 15 September 2016 at 04:00.

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