The name Schwahr is generally thought to be derived from the Middle High German word "swaere" meaning "grieved" or "sad," suggesting one who was grieved or saddened. Schwahr may have originated as a nickname
, derived from a physical characteristic or personal attribute of the initial bearer. In some cases, the Schwahr 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 Schwahr family
The surname Schwahr 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 Schwahr family
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Schwahr 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 Schwahr family (pre 1700)
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Migration of the Schwahr family to the New World and Oceana
Some of the first settlers of this family name or some of its variants were: Susanna Schweyer, who settled in Pennsylvania in 1737; Georg Schweyer, who settled in Philadelphia in 1749; Nicklaus Schweyer, who settled in Philadelphia in 1752.
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