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The Schwab family name first began to be used in the German state of Bavaria. After the 12th century, as hereditary surnames began to be adopted, names that were derived from locations became particularly common. The family name Schwab is a local surname. Originally denoting the proprietorship of an estate or influence within a village, the German preposition von, which means from or of, used with local names, was taken as a mark of aristocracy. The surname Schwab was given to someone 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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The surname Schwab was 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.

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 Schwab include Schwab, Schwabe, Schwabel, Schwebel, Swab and others.


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This web page shows only a small excerpt of our Schwab 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 Schwab History in all our PDF Extended History products and printed products wherever possible.

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Another 39 words (3 lines of text) are included under the topic Early Schwab Notables in all our PDF Extended History products and printed products wherever possible.

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The great European flow of migration to North America, which began in the middle of the 17th century and continued into the 20th century, was particularly attractive to those from Bavaria who wished to escape either poverty or religious persecution. For many Bavarian tenant farmers, the chance to own their own land was a major incentive. So the widespread colonization of the United States began in 1650, when many immigrants from Germany settled in pockets in Pennsylvania, Texas, New York, Illinois, and California. In Canada, German settlement centered in Ontario and the prairie provinces. Among those of this surname listed in various historical records were:

Schwab Settlers in United States in the 17th Century

  • Anna Elisabeth Schwab, who arrived in Pennsylvania sometime between 1692 and 1712

Schwab Settlers in United States in the 18th Century

  • Conrad Schwab and Philip Schwab, both of whom came to America in 1709
  • Hans Otta Schwab, who landed in New York in 1709
  • Anna Maria Schwab, who arrived in America in 1720
  • Jost Schwab, who arrived in Pennsylvania in 1720
  • Johann Georg Schwab, who arrived in Pennsylvania in 1727
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Schwab Settlers in United States in the 19th Century

  • Gustav Schwab, who landed in North America in 1832-1849
  • Louise Schwab, who landed in North America in 1832-1849
  • Joh Christoph Schwab, who arrived in North America in 1832-1849
  • Justus Schwab, who landed in Mississippi in 1836
  • Jonh Adam Schwab, aged 35, landed in Missouri in 1840
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Schwab Settlers in United States in the 20th Century

  • Alfred John Schwab, who arrived in Wisconsin in 1922

Schwab Settlers in Canada in the 18th Century

  • Adam Schwab, a Hessian mercenary in the American War for Independence, who was on record in Virginia, Quebec, and Halifax, Nova Scotia in 1780s
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  • Charles Michael Schwab (1862-1939), American president of the Carnegie Steel Company in 1897, and after World War I was president of the American Society of Mechanical Engineers
  • Charles R Schwab (b. 1937), American founder and CEO of the Charles Schwab Corporation
  • Hank Schwab, American Republican politician, Candidate for U.S. Representative from Georgia 5th District, 2000
  • Gary Schwab, American politician, Candidate for village President of Oak Park, Illinois, 2009
  • Frank X. Schwab, American Republican politician, Candidate for U.S. Representative from New York 41st District, 1966
  • Frank Schwab, American Democrat politician, Alternate Delegate to Democratic National Convention from Ohio, 1928
  • Francis Xavier Schwab (b. 1874), American Republican politician, Mayor of Buffalo, New York, 1922-29
  • Dan Schwab, American Republican politician, Delegate to Republican National Convention from Tennessee, 1916
  • Charles F. Schwab, American Democrat politician, Delegate to Democratic National Convention from Pennsylvania, 1928
  • Bernard Schwab, American Democrat politician, Member of New York State Assembly from Queens County 2nd District, 1919-21
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  • The Swope Family Book of Remembrance: a History of the Origins of the First Schwab, Schwob, Swope Families in Early Lancaster County, Pennsylvania by Emily Swope Morse.
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    6. Götze, Alfred. Familiennamen im badischen Oberland. Heidelberg: C. Winter, 1918. Print.
    7. Schenk, Trudy. Wuerttemberg Emigration Index Volume I-VIII. Salt Lake City: Ancestry Inc., 1986. Print.
    8. Gottschald, Max. Deutsche Namenkunde unsere Familiennamen nach ihrer Entstehung und Bedeutung. München: J.F. Lehmanns Verlag, 1932. Print.
    9. Gritzner, M. Handbuch der heraldischen Terminologie in zwölf Zungen. Nürnberg: 1890. Print.
    10. Kapff, Rudolf. Schwäbische Geschlechtsnamen. Stuttgart: Verlag Silberburg, 1927. Print.
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