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Sweetland History, Family Crest & Coats of Arms



The name Sweetland first arose amongst the Anglo-Saxon tribes of Britain. It is derived from their having lived in the area that was referred to as Sweetland found in the county of Devon. The surname Sweetland is a habitation name that was originally derived from pre-existing names for towns, villages, parishes, or farmsteads. The surname originated as a means of identifying individuals from a particular area. In the Middle Ages people often assumed the name of the place that they originally lived as their surname during the course of travel. As a general rule, the greater the distance between an individual and their homeland, the larger the territory they were named after. For example, a person who only moved to another parish would be known by the name of their original village, while people who migrated to a different country were often known by the name of a region or country from which they came.

Early Origins of the Sweetland family


The surname Sweetland was first found in Devon where from ancient times they held Sweetland's Farm, a name which would later become a surname and a place name in Devon.

Early History of the Sweetland family


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Sweetland Spelling Variations


One relatively recent invention that did much to standardize English spelling was the printing press. However, before its invention even the most literate people recorded their names according to sound rather than spelling. The spelling variations under which the name Sweetland has appeared include Sweetland, Swithland and others.

Early Notables of the Sweetland family (pre 1700)


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Migration of the Sweetland family to the New World and Oceana


At this time, the shores of the New World beckoned many English families that felt that the social climate in England was oppressive and lacked opportunity for change. Thousands left England at great expense in ships that were overcrowded and full of disease. A great portion of these settlers never survived the journey and even a greater number arrived sick, starving, and without a penny. The survivors, however, were often greeted with greater opportunity than they could have experienced back home. These English settlers made significant contributions to those colonies that would eventually become the United States and Canada. An examination of early immigration records and passenger ship lists revealed that people bearing the name Sweetland arrived in North America very early:

Sweetland Settlers in United States in the 19th Century

  • William Sweetland, who settled in Caplin Bay in 1815
  • J. Sweetland arrived in San Francisco, California in 1852

Sweetland Settlers in Canada in the 18th Century

  • Henry Sweetland, who settled in St. John's, Newfoundland in 1787 [1]CITATION[CLOSE]
    Seary E.R., Family Names of the Island of Newfoundland, Montreal: McGill's-Queen's Universtity Press 1998 ISBN 0-7735-1782-0
  • William Sweetland settled at English Harbour in 1790
  • Henry Sweetland, who settled in Ferryland, Newfoundland and was a Justice of the Peace, in 1790 [1]CITATION[CLOSE]
    Seary E.R., Family Names of the Island of Newfoundland, Montreal: McGill's-Queen's Universtity Press 1998 ISBN 0-7735-1782-0

Sweetland Settlers in Canada in the 19th Century

  • Edward Sweetland, who settled in Carbonear in 1802
  • Benjamin Sweetland settled at Trinity Bay, Newfoundland in 1837 [1]CITATION[CLOSE]
    Seary E.R., Family Names of the Island of Newfoundland, Montreal: McGill's-Queen's Universtity Press 1998 ISBN 0-7735-1782-0

Sweetland Settlers in Australia in the 19th Century

  • James Sweetland, English convict from Devon, who was transported aboard the "Argyle" on March 5th, 1831, settling in Van Diemen's Land, Australia [2]CITATION[CLOSE]
    State Library of Queensland. (Retrieved 2015, January 8) Argyle voyage to Van Diemen's Land, Australia in 1831 with 251 passengers. Retrieved from http://www.convictrecords.com.au/ships/argyle/1831
  • John Sweetland, who arrived in Adelaide, Australia aboard the ship "Recovery" in 1839 [3]CITATION[CLOSE]
    State Records of South Australia. (Retrieved 2010, November 5) RECOVERY from London 1839. Retrieved from http://www.slsa.sa.gov.au/BSA/1839Recovery.htm

Contemporary Notables of the name Sweetland (post 1700)


  • John B. Sweetland, American politician, Prohibition Candidate for U.S. Representative from Michigan 4th District, 1892
  • Monroe Mark Sweetland Jr. (1910-2006), American politician, Delegate to Democratic National Convention from Oregon, 1940 (alternate), 1948 (alternate), 1952, 1956, 1964; Member of Oregon State House of Representatives, 1953-54;
  • James O. Sweetland, American politician, Member of California State Assembly 24th District, 1880-81, 1883-85
  • H. P. Sweetland, American politician, Member of California State Assembly 16th District, 1854-55
  • George A. Sweetland, American politician, Representative from Connecticut at-large, 1902
  • Eleazer Sweetland, American politician, Member of Connecticut State House of Representatives from Hebron, 1821
  • Edwin R. Sweetland, American Democrat politician, Candidate for New York State Assembly from Tompkins County, 1933
  • Frederick Greenhalge Sweetland (1893-1958), American professional football player
  • Douglas Sweetland, American animator and director
  • Dale A. Sweetland (b. 1949), American Republican politician [4]CITATION[CLOSE]
    The Political Graveyard: Alphabetical Name Index. (Retrieved 2011, July 22) . Retrieved from http://politicalgraveyard.com/alpha/index.html
  • ... (Another 7 notables are available in all our PDF Extended History products and printed products wherever possible.)

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Citations


  1. ^ Seary E.R., Family Names of the Island of Newfoundland, Montreal: McGill's-Queen's Universtity Press 1998 ISBN 0-7735-1782-0
  2. ^ State Library of Queensland. (Retrieved 2015, January 8) Argyle voyage to Van Diemen's Land, Australia in 1831 with 251 passengers. Retrieved from http://www.convictrecords.com.au/ships/argyle/1831
  3. ^ State Records of South Australia. (Retrieved 2010, November 5) RECOVERY from London 1839. Retrieved from http://www.slsa.sa.gov.au/BSA/1839Recovery.htm
  4. ^ The Political Graveyard: Alphabetical Name Index. (Retrieved 2011, July 22) . Retrieved from http://politicalgraveyard.com/alpha/index.html

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