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Where did the German Swager family come from? What is the German Swager family crest and coat of arms? When did the Swager family first arrive in the United States? Where did the various branches of the family go? What is the Swager family history?The name Swager is generally thought to be derived from the Middle High German word "swaere" meaning "grieved" or "sad," suggesting one who was grieved or saddened. Swager may have originated as a nickname, derived from a physical characteristic or personal attribute of the initial bearer. In some cases, the Swager name may have also been derived from the German word "schwer" meaning "father-in-law" or "schwager" meaning "brother-in-law."
Spelling variations of this family name include: Schwäher, Schwähr, Schweher, Schweyer, Schweyher, Schwerer, Schwaeher, Schwier, Swieger, Schwägerl, Schwager, Swager, Schwertfeger and many more.
First found in Germany, where Chunrat der Swaere was recorded in Bavaria in 1225 and Hentze Sweher in Rohrbach in Hesse in 1366. There is reference to one Christoph Schweher in 1565 from Budweis, and G. Magnus Schweyher in 1719 from Nuremberg.
This web page shows only a small excerpt of our Swager research. Another 196 words(14 lines of text) covering the years 1772 and 1820 are included under the topic Early Swager History in all our PDF Extended History products.
Another 24 words(2 lines of text) are included under the topic Early Swager Notables in all our PDF Extended History products.
Some of the first settlers of this family name or some of its variants were: Susanna Schweyer, who settled in Pennsylvania in 1737; Georg Schweyer, who settled in Philadelphia in 1749; Nicklaus Schweyer, who settled in Philadelphia in 1752.
The Swager Family Crest was acquired from the Houseofnames.com archives. The Swager 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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