Ireland from Britain with the Anglo-Norman (Strongbow) invasion of the 12th century. The surname Sweetmane 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 Sweetmane is Suatman.
Early Origins of the Sweetmane family
Strongbow, Earl of Pembroke.
Early History of the Sweetmane family
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Sweetmane Spelling Variations
spelling variations for the name Sweetmane include Suatman, Sweetman, Swetman and others.
Early Notables of the Sweetmane family (pre 1700)
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Migration of the Sweetmane family to the New World and Oceana
In the 1840s, Ireland experienced a mass exodus to North America due to the Great Potato Famine. These families wanted to escape from hunger and disease that was ravaging their homeland. With the promise of work, freedom and land overseas, the Irish looked upon British North America and the United States as a means of hope and prosperity. Those that survived the journey were able to achieve this through much hard work and perseverance. Early immigration and passenger lists revealed many bearing the name Sweetmane: Margeret Sweetman settled in Virginia in 1656; Ann Sweetman settled in Annapolis, Maryland in 1722; M.C. Sweetman settled in Charleston South Carolina in 1794.
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