The German surname Schwaiger originated in the former duchy of Swabia, now the region of Baden-Wurttemberg. The name is derived from the Middle High German word "sweiger," meaning "one who operates a dairy farm." Schwaiger is possibly also related to the Middle High German verb "sweigen," meaning "to make cheese." Alternatively, the name may be connected to the place name "Schwaig," the name of a city in Swabia. It is likely that the first bearers of the name were dairy farmers or residents of the city of Schwaig.
The surname Schwaiger was first found in Wuerzburg, where the earliest recorded bearer of the name, Gottfried von Sweigere, was living in 1203. His son, Konrad Sweigere, is also on record as a resident of Wuerzburg in 1223.
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of this family name include: Schwaiger, Swiger, Schweiger, Sweigere, von Sweigere, Schweier, Swaiger, Swigart, Swigard and many more.
Notables with the surname Schwaiger during this period were the Schwaigers, a family of goldsmiths working in Swabia from the fifteenth century, Johann Schweiger (1511-1570), a curate... Another 27 words (2 lines of text) are included under the topic Early Schwaiger Notables in all our PDF Extended History products and printed products wherever possible.