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

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Spelling variations of this family name include: Zawadsky, Zawadski, Zavadsky, Zawadzki, Zawada, Zawadowski, Zawadowsky, Sawadsky, Sawatsky, Sawatski, Sawatzky, Sawatzki, Zawatsky, Zawatzki and many more.

First found in Silesia. The surname is a toponym for someone who came from Zawada or Zawady. Both are derived from the "zawada" which means "obstruction", "fortress", "obstacle" or "impediment" as in the toponyms Zawada and Zawady. Today, there are numerous places named Zawada and Zawady throughout modern-day Poland.


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This web page shows only a small excerpt of our Sawa research. Another 47 words(3 lines of text) are included under the topic Early Sawa History in all our PDF Extended History products.

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Some of the first settlers of this family name or some of its variants were: Jacob Sawatski, who sailed to New York in 1884, Franz, Henry, Jacob, John and Peter Sawatzke migrated to Manitoba in 1875, Cornelius Sawatzki migrated to Manitoba in 1874, Gerhard Sawatzki sailed to New York in 1878, Abraham Sawatzky sailed to New York in 1874 with his wife and children..

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  9. Strassburger, Ralph B. Pennsylvania German Pioneers The Original Lists of Arrivals in the Port of Philadelphia 3 Volumes. Baltimore: Picton Press, 1992. Print. (ISBN 978-0929539980).
  10. Matthews, John. Matthews' American Armoury and Blue Book. London: John Matthews, 1911. Print.
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The Sawa Family Crest was acquired from the Houseofnames.com archives. The Sawa 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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