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Where did the German Schwebel family come from? What is the German Schwebel family crest and coat of arms? When did the Schwebel family first arrive in the United States? Where did the various branches of the family go? What is the Schwebel family history?

Bavaria, Germany is the ancestral home of the Schwebel family. The Schwebel surname evolved as a local name. It is a name for a family that lived in Swabia, a medieval dukedom that was in southwestern Germany. This is a regional name for a person who was form Swabia having derived from the Germanic word Schwaben, which means Swabian and is derived from the name of the Germanic tribe that inhabited this region. The Latin form of the tribal name is Suebi or Suevi.

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In the medieval era, many different cultural groups lived in the German states. There are thus many regional variations of German surnames from that era. Westphalians spoke Low German, which is similar to modern Dutch. Many German names carry suffixes that identify where they came from. Others have phrases attached that identify something about the original bearer. Other variations in German names resulted from the fact that medieval scribes worked without the aid of any spelling rules. The spelling variations of the name Schwebel include Schwab, Schwabe, Schwabel, Schwebel, Swab and others.

First found in Franconia and later Mecklenburg, where the name became prominent as many branches of the same house acquired distant estates, some in foreign countries such as Austria. They were always elevating their social status by intermarriage and by their great contributions to society. The name Schwab has been traced to Mecklenburg as early as 1298, when Ulrich Schwab, the first Count of Nemerow, lived. Chronicles also mention Christian Schwabel in Franconia in 1414.


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This web page shows only a small excerpt of our Schwebel research. Another 292 words(21 lines of text) covering the years 1540, 1575, 1615, 1645, 1714, 1784, 1810, and 1840 are included under the topic Early Schwebel History in all our PDF Extended History products.

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Another 39 words(3 lines of text) are included under the topic Early Schwebel Notables in all our PDF Extended History products.

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Thousands of German settlers came to North America between the mid-17th and mid-20th centuries. The hardships of the long voyage were balanced by the opportunity to escape poverty and religious persecution. The descendents of these settlers still populate the states of Pennsylvania, Texas, New York, Illinois, and California. Many also live in Ontario and the prairie provinces of Canada. An inquiry into the early roots of North American families has revealed a number of immigrants bearing the name Schwebel or a variant listed above:

Schwebel Settlers in the United States in the 18th Century


  • Hans Adam Schwebel arrived in Philadelphia in 1754

Schwebel Settlers in the United States in the 19th Century


  • Philip Schwebel, who arrived in Allegany (Allegheny) County, Pennsylvania in 1872

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  • Stephen Myron Schwebel (b. 1929), lawyer and educator who became prominent at the U.N. in Geneva in the 1970s


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  10. Samuelsen, W. David. New York City Passenger List Manifests Index 1820 - 1824. North Salt Lake, Utah: Accelerated Indexing Systems International, 1986. Print.
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The Schwebel Family Crest was acquired from the Houseofnames.com archives. The Schwebel Family Crest was drawn according to heraldic standards based on published blazons. We generally include the oldest published family crest once associated with each surname.

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