Last name origins & meanings:
- English: unexplained. Possibly an Anglicized form of Dutch
Swijse(n), variant of Wijs ‘wise’ (see Wise).
- The name was brought to North America by John Swasey, a Quaker who
came from England to Salem, MA, with two sons, John and Joseph, in or
before 1640. Banished from Salem because of his religious beliefs, he
moved first to Setauket, Long Island, NY, and subsequently to
Southold, Long Island. His son Joseph remained in MA and
inherited his estate at Salem.
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