The name Sweetser comes from a name for a person who was referred to as swete,
which is an Old English word used to describe a sweet
person. A broad and miscellaneous class of surnames, nickname
surnames referred to a characteristic of the first person who used the name. They can describe the bearer's favored style of clothing, appearance, habits, or character.
Early Origins of the Sweetser family
The surname Sweetser was first found in Somerset
where they held a family seat
from very ancient times, some say before the Norman Conquest
in 1066 A.D.
Early History of the Sweetser family
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Sweetser Spelling Variations
Until quite recently, the English language has lacked a definite system of spelling rules. Consequently, Anglo-Saxon
surnames are characterized by a multitude of spelling variations
. Changes in Anglo-Saxon
names were influenced by the evolution of the English language, as it incorporated elements of French, Latin, and other languages. Although Medieval scribes and church officials recorded names as they sounded, so it is common to find one person referred to by several different spellings of his surname, even the most literate people varied the spelling of their own names. Variations of the name Sweetser include Sweit, Sweet, Swete, Sweete, Sweett and others.
Early Notables of the Sweetser family (pre 1700)
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Migration of the Sweetser family to Ireland
Some of the Sweetser family moved to Ireland
, but this topic is not covered in this excerpt.Another 57 words (4 lines of text) about their life in Ireland is included in all our PDF Extended History products and printed products wherever possible.
Migration of the Sweetser family to the New World and Oceana
Searching for a better life, many English families migrated to British colonies. Unfortunately, the majority of them traveled under extremely harsh conditions: overcrowding on the ships caused the majority of the immigrants to arrive diseased, famished, and destitute from the long journey across the ocean. For those families that arrived safely, modest prosperity was attainable, and many went on to make invaluable contributions to the development of the cultures of the new colonies. Research into the origins of individual families in North America revealed records of the immigration of a number of people bearing the name Sweetser or a variant listed above:
Sweetser Settlers in United States in the 17th Century
- Seth Sweetser, who landed in Charlestown, Massachusetts in 1638 CITATION[CLOSE]
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)
Contemporary Notables of the name Sweetser (post 1700)
- Theodore H. Sweetser, American politician, Delegate to Republican National Convention from Massachusetts, 1860; Democratic Candidate for Governor of Massachusetts, 1866
- Susan W. Sweetser, American Republican politician, Candidate for U.S. Representative from Vermont at-large, 1996
- Lewis H. Sweetser, American Republican politician, Lieutenant Governor of Idaho, 1909-13
- E. LeRoy Sweetser, American Republican politician, Delegate to Republican National Convention from Massachusetts, 1928
- Charles Sweetser (1808-1864), American Democrat politician, U.S. Representative from Ohio 10th District, 1849-53
- Alvah Sweetser, American politician, Village President of Port Huron, Michigan, 1854