The Swettmend surname came to Ireland
from Britain with the Anglo-Norman (Strongbow) invasion of the 12th century. The surname Swettmend is derived from the Old English word "swete," which meant "sweet," "pleasant," or "agreeable;" along with the suffix -man. As such, it was a nickname
surname, created for a popular person. Most of the native Irish surnames were patronymics created from the Gaelic names of an ancestor, and some of the Anglo-Norman naming practices of these settlers were seen as rather unusual. The Gaelic form of the surname Swettmend is Suatman.
Early Origins of the Swettmend family
The surname Swettmend was first found in County Killkenny, where they settled about the year 1177 where they were granted lands originally belonging to the native Irish for their contribution to the defeat of the Irish by Strongbow
, Earl of Pembroke.
Early History of the Swettmend family
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Swettmend Spelling Variations
It was found during an investigation of the origins of the name Swettmend that church officials and medieval scribes often spelled the name as it sounded. This practice lead to a single person's being documented under many spelling variations
. The name Swettmend has existed in the various shapes: Suatman, Sweetman, Swetman and others.
Early Notables of the Swettmend family (pre 1700)
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Migration of the Swettmend family to the New World and Oceana
Ireland's Great Potato Famine
left the country's inhabitants in extreme poverty and starvation. Many families left their homeland for North America for the promise of work, freedom and land ownership. Although the Irish were not free of economic and racial discrimination in North America, they did contribute greatly to the rapid development of bridges, canals, roads, and railways. Eventually, they would be accepted in other areas such as commerce, education, and the arts. An examination of immigration and passenger lists revealed many bearing the name Swettmend: Margeret Sweetman settled in Virginia in 1656; Ann Sweetman settled in Annapolis, Maryland in 1722; M.C. Sweetman settled in Charleston South Carolina in 1794.