Sweeney (name)

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Sweeney is a surname that, though closely associated with Ireland, is of Scottish origin, derived from the Gaelic Mac Suibhne meaning "son of Suibhne".[1][2] The Gaelic personal name Suibhne was originally a byname meaning "pleasant" or "well-disposed".[3] The Gaelic personal name was also used an equivalent to the unrelated Old Norse personal name Sveinn, meaning "boy", "servant".[1]

In the United States, the surname Sweeney can also be an Americanization of the French surname Choinière. This French surname is derived from choin, meaning white, and probably originated as an occupational name for a baker.[4]

People with the surname Sweeney[edit]

People with the given name Sweeney[edit]

Fictional people named Sweeney[edit]

References[edit]

  1. ^ a b "Learn about the family history of your surname", Ancestry.com, retrieved 29 September 2011 . For the surnames McQueen, Swain, Sweeney, this website cited: Dictionary of American Family Names, Oxford University Press, ISBN 0-19-508137-4 .
  2. ^ "Origins of our names". Liverpool Echo. 28 November 2009. Retrieved 11 September 2013. 
  3. ^ Surname search Retrieved 29 November 2007
  4. ^ "Learn about the family history of your surname", Ancestry.com, retrieved 29 September 2011 . For the surnames Choiniere and Sweeney, this website cited: Dictionary of American Family Names, Oxford University Press, ISBN 0-19-508137-4 .

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