The roots of the German surname Schwiger can be traced back to the former duchy of Swabia, now known as Baden-Wuerttemberg, where the name first emerged. The name means "son of Schwind," which is itself a diminutive of first names, such as Schweibold, Swindbercht, and Schweifer, which are derived from the Old High German "swind," meaning "strong."
Early Origins of the Schwiger family
The surname Schwiger was first found in the foothills of the northern Swiss mountains, in the town of Konstanz, where Heinrich Swigger, the earliest recorded bearer of the name, was living in 1255.
Early History of the Schwiger family
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Schwiger Spelling Variations
of this family name include: Schwick, Swick, Schwich, Schwigh, Schwigg, Schwigger, Schwiger, Swigger and many more.
Early Notables of the Schwiger family (pre 1700)
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Migration of the Schwiger family to the New World and Oceana
Some of the first settlers of this family name or some of its variants were: Bathas Swick, who settled in Philadelphia in 1753; Francis Schwig, who came to Pennsylvania in 1767; Christoph Swick, a Bavarian who sailed from Bremen to New York on the ship Kosmos in 1853.