The history of the name Swete begins in the days of the Anglo-Saxon
tribes in Britain. It was 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 Swete family
The surname Swete 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 Swete family
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Swete Spelling Variations
It is only in the last few hundred
years that the English language has been standardized. For that reason, early Anglo-Saxon
surnames like Swete are characterized by many spelling variations
. As the English language changed and incorporated elements of other European languages, even literate people changed the spelling of their names. The variations of the name Swete include: Sweit, Sweet, Swete, Sweete, Sweett and others.
Early Notables of the Swete family (pre 1700)
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Migration of the Swete family to Ireland
Some of the Swete 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 Swete family to the New World and Oceana
Some of the first settlers of this family name were:
Swete Settlers in New Zealand in the 19th Century
- Arthur L. Swete, who arrived in Auckland, New Zealand aboard the ship "Aloe" in 1863
- Maria Swete, who arrived in Auckland, New Zealand aboard the ship "Aloe" in 1863
- Richard L. Swete, who arrived in Auckland, New Zealand aboard the ship "Aloe" in 1863
Contemporary Notables of the name Swete (post 1700)
- Henry Barclay Swete (1835-1917), English Biblical scholar, Regius Professor of Divinity at Cambridge in 1890
- Rev. John Swete (1752-1821), born John Tripe, a British clergyman, artist, antiquary, historian and topographer from Devon