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Where did the German Schwebel family come from? 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?

The ancestral home of the Schwebel family is Bavaria. Schwebel is a local name for a person who 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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Many cultural groups lived in the German states in medieval times. Each had its own dialect and traditions, and unique variations of popular names. Low German, which is similar to contemporary Dutch, was spoken in Westphalia. German names are characterized by additions such as regional suffixes and phrases that tell something about the origin or background of its original bearer. Further contributing to the variation in German names was the fact that there were no spelling rules in medieval times: scribes recorded names according to their sound. The recorded spelling variations of 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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Between the mid-17th and mid-20th centuries, German settlers arrived in North America by the thousands. Persecution based on religion and poverty were great motivators in this large-scale migration. So too was the opportunity for tenant farmers to own their own land. Ample land and opportunity awaited the settlers who went to such states as Pennsylvania, Texas, New York, Illinois, and California, as well as Ontario and the prairie provinces of Canada. Research into the origins of individual families in North America revealed records of the immigration of a number of people bearing the name Schwebel or a variant listed above:

Schwebel Settlers in United States in the 18th Century


  • Hans Adam Schwebel arrived in Philadelphia in 1754

Schwebel Settlers in 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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