Swethe is an ancient name dating from the times of the Anglo-Saxon
tribes of Britain. It was a name for a person who was 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 Swethe family
The surname Swethe 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 Swethe family
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Swethe Spelling Variations
Until the dictionary, an invention of only the last few hundred
years, the English language lacked any comprehensive system of spelling rules. Consequently, spelling variations
in names are frequently found in early Anglo-Saxon
and later Anglo-Norman documents. One person's name was often spelled several different ways over a lifetime. The recorded variations of Swethe include Sweit, Sweet, Swete, Sweete, Sweett and others.
Early Notables of the Swethe family (pre 1700)
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Migration of the Swethe family to Ireland
Some of the Swethe family moved to Ireland
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Migration of the Swethe family to the New World and Oceana
Thousands of English families boarded ships sailing to the New World in the hope of escaping the unrest found in England
at this time. Although the search for opportunity and freedom from persecution abroad took the lives of many because of the cramped conditions and unsanitary nature of the vessels, the opportunity perceived in the growing colonies of North America beckoned. Many of the settlers who survived the journey went on to make important contributions to the transplanted cultures of their adopted countries. The Swethe were among these contributors, for they have been located in early North American records: 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.