Last name origins & meanings:
- English (most common in the West Country): nickname from Middle
English swete ‘sweet’, ‘pleasant’, ‘agreeable’. The Old English
bynames Swēt(a) (masculine) and Swēte (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.
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