Anglo-Saxon name Sweiton comes from its first bearer, who was a person who was referred to as swete, which is an Old English word used to describe a sweet or gentle 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 Sweiton family
Somerset where they held a family seat from very ancient times, some say before the Norman Conquest of England in 1066 A.D.
Early History of the Sweiton family
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Sweiton Spelling Variations
hundred years did much to standardize the English language. Before that time, spelling variations in names were a common occurrence. The language was changing, incorporating pieces of other languages, and the spelling of names changed with it. Sweiton has been spelled many different ways, including Sweit, Sweet, Swete, Sweete, Sweett and others.
Early Notables of the Sweiton family (pre 1700)
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Migration of the Sweiton family to Ireland
Some of the Sweiton family moved to Ireland, but this topic is not covered in this excerpt.
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Migration of the Sweiton family to the New World and Oceana
Thousands of English families in this era began to emigrate the New World in search of land and freedom from religious and political persecution. Although the passage was expensive and the ships were dark, crowded, and unsafe, those who made the voyage safely were rewarded with opportunities unavailable to them in their homeland. Research into passenger and immigration lists has revealed some of the very first Sweitons to arrive in North America: Robert Sweet who settled in Virginia in 1623; George settled there in 1653; Thomas Sweet settled in Boston Massachusetts in 1633; William Sweet settled in Virginia in 1654.
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