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

The surname Swisher is a topographic surname, which was given to a person who resided near a physical feature such as a hill, stream, church, or type of tree. Habitation names form the other broad category of surnames that were derived from place-names. They were derived from pre-existing names for towns, villages, parishes, or farmsteads. Other local names are derived from the names of houses, manors, estates, regions, and entire counties. As a general rule, the greater the distance between an individual and their homeland, the larger the territory they were named after. For example, a person who only moved to another parish would be known by the name of their original village, while people who migrated to a different country were often known by the name of a region or country from which they came. The surname Swisher indicates that the original bearer immigrated to Austria from Switzerland.


One can encounter great variation in the spelling of surnames: in early times, spelling in general, and thus the spelling of names was not yet standardized; and later, spellings would change with branching and movement of families. Variations of the name Swisher include Schweitzer, Schweizer, Schwitzer, Schwyzer, Switzer and many more.

First found in Austria, where the name was closely identified in early mediaeval times with the feudal society which would shape the course of European history. The name would later emerge as a noble family with great influence, particularly in the city of Frankfurt, and become noted for their involvement in social, economic and political affairs.


This web page shows only a small excerpt of our Swisher research. Another 233 words(17 lines of text) covering the years 1730, 1625, 1709, 1710, 1833 and 1875 are included under the topic Early Swisher History in all our PDF Extended History products.


Another 93 words(7 lines of text) are included under the topic Early Swisher Notables in all our PDF Extended History products.


After the First World War, Austria became a republic. The Treaty of Versailles broke up the empire in 1919 and many of the Sudeten Germans were incorporated into the new nation of Czechoslovakia. In the 20th century, many Austrians migrated to other parts of Germany or Europe, as well as to North America. In the United States, the majority of settlers landed in Philadelphia, and moved on to Ohio, Texas, Illinois, California, New York, and Maryland. Many German settlers also migrated to Canada, particularly Ontario and the Prairies. Amongst the settlers in North America with this distinguished name Swisher were

Swisher Settlers in the United States in the 20th Century

  • Esther Swisher, who landed in America, in 1903
  • Rienzi Swisher, aged 49, who settled in America, in 1905
  • Wallace Swisher, aged 25, who emigrated to the United States, in 1909
  • Waltter Swisher, aged 28, who landed in America, in 1911
  • Lagar Swisher, aged 36, who emigrated to the United States, in 1920


  • Kara Swisher (b. 1962), American technology columnist for the Wall Street Journal, author of Boom Town
  • Gloria Wilson Swisher (b. 1935), American composer, music educator and pianist
  • Robert "Bob" Swisher, American former professional NFL football player who played five seasons for the Chicago Bears
  • Nicholas Thompson "Nick" Swisher (b. 1980), American Major League Baseball outfielder and first baseman, son of former catcher Steve Swisher
  • Steven Eugene "Steve" Swisher (b. 1951), American former Major League Baseball catcher
  • David Swisher, American merchant from Newark Ohio, founder of the Swisher International Group in 1861
  • Joel Swisher (b. 1943), former American college football coach


  • Early Swisher and Switzer Families in Virginia by Bob Swisher.
  • The Swisher Family of Harrison and Lewis Counties, West Virginia by Robert Edward Swisher.

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  2. Brechenmacher, Josef Karlmann. Deutches Namenbuch. Stuttgart: Verlag von Adolf Bonz & Comp, 1928. Print.
  3. Rietstap, Johannes Baptist. Armorial Général. Baltimore: Genealogical Publishing Co. Print.
  4. Jones, Henry Z. Palatine Families of New York 2 Volumes. Rockland, ME: Picton Press, 2001. Print. (ISBN 978-0961388829).
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  6. Zieber, Eugene. Heraldry in America. Philadelphia: Genealogical Publishing Co. Print.
  7. Haverkamp, Alfred. Medieval Germany 1056-1273 2nd edition. Oxford: Oxford University Press, 1988. Print.
  8. Zoder, Rudolf. Familiennamen in Ostfalen. Hildesheim: Geog Olms Verlagsbuchhandlung, 1968. Print.
  9. Best, Hugh. Debrett's Texas Peerage. New York: Coward-McCann, 1983. Print. (ISBN 069811244X).
  10. Bahlow, Hans. Abhandlungen zur Namenforschung und Buchgeschichte. 1980. Print. (ISBN 978-3768690522).
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The Swisher Family Crest was acquired from the Houseofnames.com archives. The Swisher 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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