Schwager History, Family Crest & Coats of Arms

The name Schwager is generally thought to be derived from the Middle High German word "swaere" meaning "grieved" or "sad," suggesting one who was grieved or saddened. Schwager may have originated as a nickname, derived from a physical characteristic or personal attribute of the initial bearer. In some cases, the Schwager name may have also been derived from the German word "schwer" meaning "father-in-law" or "schwager" meaning "brother-in-law."

Early Origins of the Schwager family

The surname Schwager was first found in Germany, where Chunrat der Swaere was recorded in Bavaria in 1225 and Hentze Sweher in Rohrbach in Hesse in 1366. There is reference to one Christoph Schweher in 1565 from Budweis, and G. Magnus Schweyher in 1719 from Nuremberg.

Early History of the Schwager family

This web page shows only a small excerpt of our Schwager research. Another 114 words (8 lines of text) covering the years 1772 and 1820 are included under the topic Early Schwager History in all our PDF Extended History products and printed products wherever possible.

Schwager Spelling Variations

Spelling variations of this family name include: Schwäher, Schwähr, Schweher, Schweyer, Schweyher, Schwerer, Schwaeher, Schwier, Swieger, Schwägerl, Schwager, Swager, Schwertfeger and many more.

Early Notables of the Schwager family (pre 1700)

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United States Schwager migration to the United States +

Some of the first settlers of this family name were:

Schwager Settlers in United States in the 18th Century
  • Johan Peter Schwager, who landed in Pennsylvania in 1743 [1]
Schwager Settlers in United States in the 19th Century
  • Bernhrad Schwager, who was naturalized in Phildelphia in 1805
  • Bernhd Schwager, who arrived in Pennsylvania in 1805 [1]
  • Moritz Schwager, who arrived in North America in 1832-1849 [1]
  • Peter Schwager, aged 25, who landed in New York, NY in 1849 [1]

Contemporary Notables of the name Schwager (post 1700) +

  • Mark Schwager, American Democrat politician, Delegate to Democratic National Convention from Rhode Island, 2004 [2]
  • Linda H. Schwager, American Democrat politician, Candidate for Mayor of Oakland, New Jersey, 2007 [2]


  1. ^ Filby, P. William, Meyer, Mary K., Passenger and immigration lists index : a guide to published arrival records of about 500,000 passengers who came to the United States and Canada in the seventeenth, eighteenth, and nineteenth centuries. 1982-1985 Cumulated Supplements in Four Volumes Detroit, Mich. : Gale Research Co., 1985, Print (ISBN 0-8103-1795-8)
  2. ^ The Political Graveyard: Alphabetical Name Index. (Retrieved 2015, November 3) . Retrieved from http://politicalgraveyard.com/alpha/index.html


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