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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 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.

Swete Early Origins



The surname Swete was first found in Somerset where they held a family seat from very ancient times, some say before the Norman Conquest of England in 1066 A.D.

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Swete Spelling Variations


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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.

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Swete Early History


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Swete Early History



This web page shows only a small excerpt of our Swete research. Another 171 words (12 lines of text) covering the years 1665, 1583, 1583 and 1708 are included under the topic Early Swete History in all our PDF Extended History products and printed products wherever possible.

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Swete Early Notables (pre 1700)


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Swete Early Notables (pre 1700)



Another 20 words (1 lines of text) are included under the topic Early Swete Notables in all our PDF Extended History products and printed products wherever possible.

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Swete In Ireland


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Swete In 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.

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The Great Migration


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The Great Migration



Some of the first settlers of this family name were:

Swete Settlers in New Zealand in the 19th Century

  • Arthur L. Swete arrived in Auckland, New Zealand aboard the ship "Aloe" in 1863
  • Maria Swete arrived in Auckland, New Zealand aboard the ship "Aloe" in 1863
  • Richard L. Swete arrived in Auckland, New Zealand aboard the ship "Aloe" in 1863

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Contemporary Notables of the name Swete (post 1700)


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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

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Swete Family Crest Products


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Citations


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Citations



    Other References

    1. Burke, Sir Bernard. Burke's Genealogical and Heraldic History of the Landed Gentry: Including American Families with British Ancestry. (2 Volumes). London: Burke Publishing, 1939. Print.
    2. Elster, Robert J. International Who's Who. London: Europa/Routledge. Print.
    3. Zieber, Eugene. Heraldry in America. Philadelphia: Genealogical Publishing Co. Print.
    4. Williams, Dr Ann. And G.H. Martin, Eds. Domesday Book A Complete Translation. London: Penguin, 1992. Print. (ISBN 0-141-00523-8).
    5. Weis, Frederick Lewis, Walter Lee Sheppard and David Faris. Ancestral Roots of Sixty Colonists Who Came to New England Between 1623 and 1650 7th Edition. Baltimore: Genealogical Publishing, 1992. Print. (ISBN 0806313676).
    6. Leeson, Francis L. Dictionary of British Peerages. Baltimore: Genealogical Publishing, 1986. Print. (ISBN 0-8063-1121-5).
    7. Reaney P.H and R.M. Wilson. A Dictionary of English Surnames. London: Routledge, 1991. Print. (ISBN 0-415-05737-X).
    8. Hanks, Hodges, Mills and Room. The Oxford Names Companion. Oxford: Oxford University Press, 2002. Print. (ISBN 0-19-860561-7).
    9. Colletta, John P. They Came In Ships. Salt Lake City: Ancestry, 1993. Print.
    10. Dunkling, Leslie. Dictionary of Surnames. Toronto: Collins, 1998. Print. (ISBN 0004720598).
    11. ...

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

    This page was last modified on 21 May 2014 at 08:41.

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