Sweeting History, Family Crest & Coats of Arms

The ancestors of the Sweeting family lived among the ancient Anglo-Saxon tribes of Britain. Sweeting was a name given to a person who was referred to as swete, which is an Old English word used to describe a sweet or gentle person. [1] Another source claims the name was "probably an Anglo-Saxon personal name, having reference to character." [2]

Early Origins of the Sweeting family

The surname Sweeting was first found in the Hundredorum Rolls of 1273 where the name was found as both a forename and a surname: Swet le Bone, Norfolk; Adam Swet, Oxfordshire; and Roger Swet, Cambridgeshire. [3]

In Somerset, Walter Swete was listed there 1 Edward III (during the first year of the reign of King Edward III) [4] and later the Yorkshire Poll Tax Rolls of 1379 listed Johannes Suete and Johannes Swete as holding lands there at that time. [3]

Early History of the Sweeting family

This web page shows only a small excerpt of our Sweeting research. Another 265 words (19 lines of text) covering the years 1660, 1672, 1672, 1712, 1685, 1752, 1821, 1752, 1770, 1774, 1777, 1781, 1578, 1700, 1583, 1583 and 1708 are included under the topic Early Sweeting History in all our PDF Extended History products and printed products wherever possible.

Sweeting Spelling Variations

Sweeting has been spelled many different ways. Before English spelling became standardized over the last few hundred years, spelling variations in names were a common occurrence. As the English language changed in the Middle Ages, absorbing pieces of Latin and French, as well as other languages, the spelling of people's names also changed considerably, even over a single lifetime. Many variations of the name Sweeting have been found, including Sweit, Sweet, Swete, Sweete, Sweett and others.

Early Notables of the Sweeting family (pre 1700)

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

Sweeting Ranking

In the United States, the name Sweeting is the 15,648th most popular surname with an estimated 2,487 people with that name. [5]

Ireland Migration of the Sweeting family to Ireland

Some of the Sweeting family moved to Ireland, but this topic is not covered in this excerpt.
Another 34 words (2 lines of text) about their life in Ireland is included in all our PDF Extended History products and printed products wherever possible.

United States Sweeting migration to the United States +

In an attempt to escape the chaos experienced in England, many English families boarded overcrowded and diseased ships sailing for the shores of North America and other British colonies. Those families hardy enough, and lucky enough, to make the passage intact were rewarded with land and a social environment less prone to religious and political persecution. Many of these families became important contributors to the young colonies in which they settled. Early immigration and passenger lists have documented some of the first Sweetings to arrive on North American shores:

Sweeting Settlers in United States in the 17th Century
  • John Sweeting, who landed in Virginia in 1664 [6]
  • John Sweeting, who landed in New England in 1673 [6]
Sweeting Settlers in United States in the 19th Century
  • James Sweeting, aged 30, who arrived in Key West, Fla in 1837 [6]
  • Isaiah Sweeting, aged 17, who landed in Key West, Fla in 1847 [6]
  • Benj Sweeting, aged 22, who arrived in Key West, Fla in 1848 [6]
  • W Sweeting, who landed in San Francisco, California in 1850 [6]
Sweeting Settlers in United States in the 20th Century
  • Robert Sweeting, who arrived in Mobile, Ala in 1904 [6]

Australia Sweeting migration to Australia +

Emigration to Australia followed the First Fleets of convicts, tradespeople and early settlers. Early immigrants include:

Sweeting Settlers in Australia in the 19th Century
  • Mr. James Sweeting, British convict who was convicted in Essex, England for 7 years, transported aboard the "England" on 6th June 1835, arriving in New South Wales, Australia [7]
  • Emma Sweeting, aged 17, a servant, who arrived in South Australia in 1854 aboard the ship "Star Queen" [8]
  • Jane Sweeting, aged 27, a servant, who arrived in South Australia in 1854 aboard the ship "Star Queen" [8]

New Zealand Sweeting migration to New Zealand +

Emigration to New Zealand followed in the footsteps of the European explorers, such as Captain Cook (1769-70): first came sealers, whalers, missionaries, and traders. By 1838, the British New Zealand Company had begun buying land from the Maori tribes, and selling it to settlers, and, after the Treaty of Waitangi in 1840, many British families set out on the arduous six month journey from Britain to Aotearoa to start a new life. Early immigrants include:

Sweeting Settlers in New Zealand in the 19th Century
  • William Sweeting, who arrived in Auckland, New Zealand aboard the ship "Ernestina" in 1865
  • Eliza Sweeting, who arrived in Auckland, New Zealand aboard the ship "Ernestina" in 1865
  • Alice Mary Sweeting, who arrived in Auckland, New Zealand aboard the ship "Ernestina" in 1865

West Indies Sweeting migration to West Indies +

The British first settled the British West Indies around 1604. They made many attempts but failed in some to establish settlements on the Islands including Saint Lucia and Grenada. By 1627 they had managed to establish settlements on St. Kitts (St. Christopher) and Barbados, but by 1641 the Spanish had moved in and destroyed some of these including those at Providence Island. The British continued to expand the settlements including setting the First Federation in the British West Indies by 1674; some of the islands include Barbados, Bermuda, Cayman Island, Turks and Caicos, Jamaica and Belize then known as British Honduras. By the 1960's many of the islands became independent after the West Indies Federation which existed from 1958 to 1962 failed due to internal political conflicts. After this a number of Eastern Caribbean islands formed a free association. [9]
Sweeting Settlers in West Indies in the 17th Century
  • Jo Sweeting, aged 26, who arrived in Barbados in 1635 [6]
  • Mr. John Sweeting, (b. 1609), aged 26, British settler travelling from London, England aboard the ship "Peter Bonaventure" arriving in Barbados and St Christopher (Saint Kitts) in 1635 [10]

Contemporary Notables of the name Sweeting (post 1700) +

  • Samuel Marshall Sweeting (b. 1861), American politician, U.S. Consular Agent in Dunmore Town, 1906-11
  • Richard W. Sweeting, American Republican politician, Alternate Delegate to Republican National Convention from New York, 1964
  • Ryan Sweeting (b. 1987), Bahamian-born, American professional tennis player
  • Mr. Craig Sweeting O.B.E., British Lieutenant Colonel for Corps of Royal Electrical and Mechanical Engineers, recipient of Officer of the Order of the British Empire on 8th June 2018 [11]
  • Robert Percival Sweeting OBE, Bahamian politician
  • Marjorie Mary Sweeting (1920-1994), British geomorphologist specializing in karst phenomena

  1. ^ Harrison, Henry, Surnames of the United Kingdom: A Concise Etymological Dictionary Baltimore: Geneological Publishing Company, 2013. Print
  2. ^ Lower, Mark Anthony, Patronymica Britannica, A Dictionary of Family Names of the United Kingdom. London: John Russel Smith, 1860. Print.
  3. ^ Bardsley, C.W, A Dictionary of English and Welsh Surnames: With Special American Instances. Wiltshire: Heraldry Today, 1901. Print. (ISBN 0-900455-44-6)
  4. ^ Dickinson, F.H., Kirby's Quest for Somerset of 16th of Edward the 3rd London: Harrison and Sons, Printers in Ordinary to Her Majesty, St, Martin's Lane, 1889. Print.
  5. ^ https://namecensus.com/most_common_surnames.htm
  6. ^ Filby, P. William, Meyer, Mary K., Passenger and immigration lists index : a guide to published arrival records of about 500,000 passengers who came to the United States and Canada in the seventeenth, eighteenth, and nineteenth centuries. 1982-1985 Cumulated Supplements in Four Volumes Detroit, Mich. : Gale Research Co., 1985, Print (ISBN 0-8103-1795-8)
  7. ^ Convict Records Voyages to Australia (Retrieved 28th April 2022). https://convictrecords.com.au/ships/england
  8. ^ South Australian Register Monday 1st January 1855. (Retrieved 2010, November 5) Star Queen 1854. Retrieved http://www.theshipslist.com/ships/australia/starqueen1854.shtml
  9. ^ https://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/British_West_Indies
  10. ^ Pilgrim Ship Lists Early 1600's retrieved 23rd September 2021. (Retrieved from https://www.packrat-pro.com/ships/shiplist.htm)
  11. ^ "Birthday and New Year Honours Lists (1940 to 2019)." Issue 62507, 28 December 2018 | London Gazette, The Gazette, Dec. 2018, www.thegazette.co.uk/honours-lists

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