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.
Early Origins of the Sweetapple family
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.
Early History of the Sweetapple family
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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.
Early Notables of the Sweetapple family (pre 1700)
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Migration of the Sweetapple family to the New World and Oceana
Some of the first settlers of this family name were:
Sweetapple Settlers in New Zealand in the 19th Century
Contemporary Notables of the name Sweetapple (post 1700)
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