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The origins of the Swett surname date back to the time of the Anglo-Saxon tribes of Britain. It comes from an early member of the family 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.

Swett Early Origins



The surname Swett 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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Swett Spelling Variations


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Swett Spelling Variations



The first dictionaries that appeared in the last few 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. Swett has been spelled many different ways, including Sweit, Sweet, Swete, Sweete, Sweett and others.

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Swett Early History


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Swett Early History



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

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Swett Early Notables (pre 1700)


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Swett Early Notables (pre 1700)



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

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Swett In Ireland


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Swett In Ireland



Some of the Swett 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



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 Swetts to arrive in North America:

Swett Settlers in United States in the 17th Century

  • Robert Swett, who landed in Virginia in 1638
  • John Swett, who arrived in Massachusetts in 1642
  • Benjamin Swett, who landed in Newbury, Massachusetts in 1657
  • Joseph Swett, who arrived in Boston, Massachusetts in 1696

Swett Settlers in United States in the 19th Century

  • C S Swett, who arrived in San Francisco, California in 1850
  • I W Swett, who landed in San Francisco, California in 1850

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Contemporary Notables of the name Swett (post 1700)


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Contemporary Notables of the name Swett (post 1700)



  • Leonard Swett (1825-1889), American civil and criminal lawyer, advisor to Abraham Lincoln
  • William Edward "Pop" Swett (1870-1934), American Major League Baseball catcher
  • John Swett (1830-1913), American educator, known as the "Father of the California public school" system
  • Richard "Dick" Swett (b. 1957), American politician from New Hampshire
  • First Lieutenant James Elms Swett, United States Marine Corps fighter pilot and ace who was awarded the Congressional Medal of Honor in 1943

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See Also


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Citations


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Citations



    Other References

    1. Holt, J.C. Ed. Domesday Studies. Woodbridge: Boydell, 1987. Print. (ISBN 0-85115-477-8).
    2. Foster, Joseph. Dictionary of Heraldry Feudal Coats of Arms and Pedigrees. London: Bracken Books, 1989. Print. (ISBN 1-85170-309-8).
    3. Best, Hugh. Debrett's Texas Peerage. New York: Coward-McCann, 1983. Print. (ISBN 069811244X).
    4. 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.
    5. Colletta, John P. They Came In Ships. Salt Lake City: Ancestry, 1993. Print.
    6. Filby, P. William and Mary K Meyer. Passenger and Immigration Lists Index in Four Volumes. Detroit: Gale Research, 1985. Print. (ISBN 0-8103-1795-8).
    7. Hitching, F.K and S. Hitching. References to English Surnames in 1601-1602. Walton On Thames: 1910. Print. (ISBN 0-8063-0181-3).
    8. Hanks, Hodges, Mills and Room. The Oxford Names Companion. Oxford: Oxford University Press, 2002. Print. (ISBN 0-19-860561-7).
    9. Robb H. Amanda and Andrew Chesler. Encyclopedia of American Family Names. New York: Haper Collins, 1995. Print. (ISBN 0-06-270075-8).
    10. Shirley, Evelyn Philip. Noble and Gentle Men of England Or Notes Touching The Arms and Descendants of the Ancient Knightley and Gentle Houses of England Arranged in their Respective Counties 3rd Edition. Westminster: John Bowyer Nichols and Sons, 1866. Print.
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    The Swett Family Crest was acquired from the Houseofnames.com archives. The Swett 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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