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Sweet Name Meaning

English (most common in the West Country): nickname from Middle English swete ‘sweet’, ‘pleasant’, ‘agreeable’. The Old English bynames Swet(a) (masculine) and Swete (feminine) derived from this word survived into the early Middle English period, and may also be sources of the surname. Translation of German and Jewish (Ashkenazic) Suess. In New England, a translation of French Ledoux.

Source: Dictionary of American Family Names ©2013, Oxford University Press

Similar surnames: Street, See, Speer, West, Steer, Sneed, Swift, Seed, Sweat, Peet

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Where is the Sweet family from?

You can see how Sweet families moved over time by selecting different census years. The Sweet family name was found in the USA, the UK, Canada, and Scotland between 1840 and 1920. The most Sweet families were found in the USA in 1880. In 1840 there were 365 Sweet families living in New York. This was about 42% of all the recorded Sweet's in the USA. New York had the highest population of Sweet families in 1840.
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What did your Sweet ancestors do for a living?

In 1940, Laborer and Housewife were the top reported jobs for men and women in the US named Sweet. 15% of Sweet men worked as a Laborer and 8% of Sweet women worked as a Housewife. Some less common occupations for Americans named Sweet were Truck Driver and Stenographer.

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*We display top occupations by gender to maintain their historical accuracy during times when men and women often performed different jobs.

Top Male Occupations in 1940

  • Laborer
  • Farmer
  • Salesman
  • Truck Driver

Top Female Occupations in 1940

  • Housewife
  • Housekeeper
  • Teacher
  • Stenographer
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Census Records

There are 232,000 census records available for the last name Sweet. Like a window into their day-to-day life, Sweet census records can tell you where and how your ancestors worked, their level of education, veteran status, and more.

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Passenger Lists

There are 16,000 immigration records available for the last name Sweet. Passenger lists are your ticket to knowing when your ancestors arrived in the USA, and how they made the journey - from the ship name to ports of arrival and departure.

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Draft Cards

There are 39,000 military records available for the last name Sweet. For the veterans among your Sweet ancestors, military collections provide insights into where and when they served, and even physical descriptions.

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What is the average Sweet lifespan?

Between 1941 and 2004, in the United States, Sweet life expectancy was at its lowest point in 1948, and highest in 2000. The average life expectancy for Sweet in 1941 was 53, and 75 in 2004.

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