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The Sweetman surname came to Ireland from Britain with the Anglo-Norman (Strongbow) invasion of the 12th century. The surname Sweetman is derived from the Old English word "swete," which meant "sweet," "pleasant," or "agreeable;" along with the suffix -man. As such, it was a nickname surname, created for a popular person. Most of the native Irish surnames were patronymics created from the Gaelic names of an ancestor, and some of the Anglo-Norman naming practices of these settlers were seen as rather unusual. The Gaelic form of the surname Sweetman is Suatman.

Sweetman Early Origins



The surname Sweetman was first found in County Killkenny, where they settled about the year 1177 where they were granted lands originally belonging to the native Irish for their contribution to the defeat of the Irish by Strongbow, Earl of Pembroke.

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Sweetman Spelling Variations


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Sweetman Spelling Variations



Church officials and medieval scribes often spelled early surnames as they sounded. This practice often resulted in many spelling variations of even a single name. Early versions of the name Sweetman included: Suatman, Sweetman, Swetman and others.

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Sweetman Early History


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Sweetman Early History



This web page shows only a small excerpt of our Sweetman research. Another 119 words (8 lines of text) covering the years 1584, 1874, 1380, 1360 and 1361 are included under the topic Early Sweetman History in all our PDF Extended History products and printed products wherever possible.

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Sweetman Early Notables (pre 1700)


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Sweetman Early Notables (pre 1700)



Another 21 words (2 lines of text) are included under the topic Early Sweetman 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



Ireland experienced a dramatic decrease in its population during the 19th century. This was in a great measure, a response to England's imperialistic policies. Hunger and disease took the lives of many Irish people and many more chose to leave their homeland to escape the horrific conditions. North America with its promise of work, freedom, and land was an extremely popular destination for Irish families. For those families that survived the journey, all three of these things were often attained through much hard work and perseverance. Research into early immigration and passenger lists revealed many immigrants bearing the name Sweetman:

Sweetman Settlers in United States in the 17th Century

  • Thomas Sweetman, who landed in Cambridge, Massachusetts in 1638
  • Margaret Sweetman, who landed in Virginia in 1653
  • Margeret Sweetman settled in Virginia in 1656
  • William Sweetman, who landed in Maryland in 1668

Sweetman Settlers in United States in the 18th Century

  • Ann Sweetman settled in Annapolis, Maryland in 1722
  • M. C. Sweetman settled in Charleston South Carolina in 1794

Sweetman Settlers in United States in the 19th Century

  • Catharine Sweetman, who arrived in New York, NY in 1816
  • James Sweetman, who landed in New York in 1842
  • George, Jacob, John, Patrick, and Samuel Sweetman all arrived in Philadelphia, Pennsylvania, between 1856 and 1868
  • John Sweetman, aged 29, arrived in New York, NY in 1857
  • Michael Sweetman, who arrived in New York, NY in 1860
  • ... (More are available in all our PDF Extended History products and printed products wherever possible.)

Sweetman Settlers in United States in the 20th Century

  • Edith Maud Sweetman, aged 44, originally from Church, Lancashire, England, arrived in New York in 1919 aboard the ship "Baltic" from Liverpool, England [1]CITATION[CLOSE]
    "New York Passenger Arrival Lists (Ellis Island), 1892-1924," database, FamilySearch (https://familysearch.org/ark:/61903/1:1:J6QS-KYQ : 6 December 2014), Edith Maud Sweetman, 19 Dec 1919; citing departure port Liverpool, arrival port New York, ship name Baltic, NARA microfilm publication T715 and M237 (Washington D.C.: National Archives and Records Administration, n.d.).

Sweetman Settlers in Australia in the 19th Century

  • James Sweetman arrived in Adelaide, Australia aboard the ship "William Nicol" in 1840 [2]CITATION[CLOSE]
    State Records of South Australia. (Retrieved 2010, November 5) WILLIAM NICOL. Retrieved from http://www.slsa.sa.gov.au/BSA/1840WilliamNichol.htm
  • Harriet Sweetman arrived in Adelaide, Australia aboard the ship "William Nicol" in 1840 [2]CITATION[CLOSE]
    State Records of South Australia. (Retrieved 2010, November 5) WILLIAM NICOL. Retrieved from http://www.slsa.sa.gov.au/BSA/1840WilliamNichol.htm
  • William Sweetman, English convict from Manchester, Lancaster, who was transported aboard the "Anson" on September 23, 1843, settling in Van Diemen's Land, Australia [3]CITATION[CLOSE]
    State Library of Queensland. (Retrieved 2015, January 8) Anson voyage to Van Diemen's Land, Australia in 1843 with 499 passengers. Retrieved from http://www.convictrecords.com.au/ships/anson/1843
  • Edward Sweetman arrived in Adelaide, Australia aboard the ship "Spartan" in 1849
  • Thomas Sweetman arrived in Adelaide, Australia aboard the ship "Spartan" in 1849
  • ... (More are available in all our PDF Extended History products and printed products wherever possible.)

Sweetman Settlers in New Zealand in the 19th Century

  • Samuel Sweetman, aged 27, a ploughman, arrived in Auckland, New Zealand aboard the ship "Dilharree" in 1875

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Contemporary Notables of the name Sweetman (post 1700)


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Contemporary Notables of the name Sweetman (post 1700)



  • Bill Sweetman (b. 1956), American former editor for Jane's Information Group, a British publishing company specializing in transportation and military topics
  • Rory Sweetman (b. 1956), Irish-born, New Zealand historian, professor at the University of Otago
  • Edmund Thomas Sweetman (1912-1968), Irish Fine Gael politician
  • Roger Sweetman (1874-1954), Irish Sinn Féin politician and barrister
  • John Sweetman (1844-1936), Irish politician, President of Sinn Féin in 1908
  • Gerard Sweetman (1908-1970), Irish Fine Gael politician and lawyer
  • Squadron Leader Harvey Nelson Sweetman DFC (1921-2015), New Zealand pilot who served in the Royal Air Force with 486 (NZ) Squadron during World War II
  • Roger Forstall Sweetman (1862-1832), Newfoundland merchant and politician who represented Placentia and St. Mary's (1832 to 1836)
  • David Sweetman (1943-2002), British writer, critic, teacher and broadcaster
  • Rodney Noel "Rod" Sweetman (b. 1953), Australian politician, Member of the Western Australian Legislative Assembly (1996 to 2005)
  • ... (Another 2 notables are available in all our PDF Extended History products and printed products wherever possible.)

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Citations


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Citations



  1. ^ "New York Passenger Arrival Lists (Ellis Island), 1892-1924," database, FamilySearch (https://familysearch.org/ark:/61903/1:1:J6QS-KYQ : 6 December 2014), Edith Maud Sweetman, 19 Dec 1919; citing departure port Liverpool, arrival port New York, ship name Baltic, NARA microfilm publication T715 and M237 (Washington D.C.: National Archives and Records Administration, n.d.).
  2. ^ State Records of South Australia. (Retrieved 2010, November 5) WILLIAM NICOL. Retrieved from http://www.slsa.sa.gov.au/BSA/1840WilliamNichol.htm
  3. ^ State Library of Queensland. (Retrieved 2015, January 8) Anson voyage to Van Diemen's Land, Australia in 1843 with 499 passengers. Retrieved from http://www.convictrecords.com.au/ships/anson/1843

Other References

  1. Leyburn, James Graham. The Scotch-Irish A Social History. Chapel Hill: UNC Press, 1962. Print. (ISBN 0807842591).
  2. 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 Co., 1992. Print.
  3. MacLysaght, Edward. The Surnames of Ireland 3rd Edition. Dublin: Irish Academic, 1978. Print. (ISBN 0-7165-2278-0).
  4. MacLysaght, Edward. Irish Families Their Names, Arms and Origins 4th Edition. Dublin: Irish Academic, 1991. Print. (ISBN 0-7165-2364-7).
  5. Rasmussen, Louis J. . San Francisco Ship Passenger Lists 4 Volumes Colma, California 1965 Reprint. Baltimore: Genealogical Publishing, 1978. Print.
  6. MacLysaght, Edward. Mores Irish Familes. Dublin: Irish Academic, 1982. Print. (ISBN 0-7165-0126-0).
  7. Zieber, Eugene. Heraldry in America. Philadelphia: Genealogical Publishing Co. Print.
  8. Egle, William Henry. Pennsylvania Genealogies Scotch-Irish and German. Harrisburg: L.S. Hart, 1886. Print.
  9. Tepper, Michael Ed & Elizabeth P. Bentley Transcriber. Passenger Arrivals at the Port of Philadelphia 1800-1819. Baltimore: Genealogical Publishing Co., 1986. Print.
  10. Fairbairn. Fairbain's book of Crests of the Families of Great Britain and Ireland, 4th Edition 2 volumes in one. Baltimore: Heraldic Book Company, 1968. Print.
  11. ...

The Sweetman Family Crest was acquired from the Houseofnames.com archives. The Sweetman 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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