Swetland History, Family Crest & Coats of Arms
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The origins of the Swetland name come from when the Anglo-Saxon tribes ruled over Britain. The name Swetland was originally derived from a family having lived in the area that was referred to as Sweetland found in the county of Devon. The surname Swetland is a habitation name that was originally derived from pre-existing names for towns, villages, parishes, or farmsteads. The surname originated as a means of identifying individuals from a particular area. In the Middle Ages people often assumed the name of the place that they originally lived as their surname during the course of travel. As a general rule, the greater the distance between an individual and their homeland, the larger the territory they were named after. For example, a person who only moved to another parish would be known by the name of their original village, while people who migrated to a different country were often known by the name of a region or country from which they came.
Early Origins of the Swetland family
The surname Swetland was first found in Devon where from ancient times they held Sweetland's Farm, a name which would later become a surname and a place name in Devon. 
Another source presumes that the name could have been from Swithland, a parish, in the union of Barrow-upon-Soar, hundred of West Goscote,in Leicestershire. 
Early History of the Swetland family
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Swetland Spelling Variations
Before English spelling was standardized a few hundred years ago, spelling variations of names were a common occurrence. Elements of Latin, French and other languages became incorporated into English through the Middle Ages, and name spellings changed even among the literate. The variations of the surname Swetland include Sweetland, Swithland and others.
Early Notables of the Swetland family (pre 1700)
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Swetland migration to the United States +
A great wave of immigration to the New World was the result of the enormous political and religious disarray that struck England at that time. Families left for the New World in extremely large numbers. The long journey was the end of many immigrants and many more arrived sick and starving. Still, those who made it were rewarded with an opportunity far greater than they had known at home in England. These emigrant families went on to make significant contributions to these emerging colonies in which they settled. Some of the first North American settlers carried this name or one of its variants:
Swetland Settlers in United States in the 17th Century
- William Swetland, who arrived in New York in 1675 
Swetland Settlers in United States in the 19th Century
- C Swetland, who landed in San Francisco, California in 1850 
Contemporary Notables of the name Swetland (post 1700) +
- Neal Swetland, American politician, Socialist Principle Independent Candidate for Oregon State Treasurer, 1928
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- ^ Barber, Henry, British Family Names London: Elliot Stock, 62 Paternoster Row, 1894. Print.
- ^ Charnock, Richard, Stephen, Ludus Patronymicus of The Etymology of Curious Surnames. London: Trubner & Co., 60 Paternoster Row, 1868. Print.
- ^ 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)