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The ancestral home of the Schwalb family was in the German state of Bavaria. Schwalb is a local name for a person 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.

Schwalb Early Origins



The surname Schwalb 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.

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Schwalb Spelling Variations


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Schwalb Spelling Variations



In the medieval era, many different cultural groups lived in the German states. There are thus many regional variations of German surnames from that era. Westphalians spoke Low German, which is similar to modern Dutch. Many German names carry suffixes that identify where they came from. Others have phrases attached that identify something about the original bearer. Other variations in German names resulted from the fact that medieval scribes worked without the aid of any spelling rules. The spelling variations of the name Schwalb include Schwab, Schwabe, Schwabel, Schwebel, Swab and others.

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Schwalb Early History


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Schwalb Early History



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

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Schwalb Early Notables (pre 1700)


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Schwalb Early Notables (pre 1700)



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

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The Great Migration


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The Great Migration



Between the mid-17th and mid-20th centuries, German settlers arrived in North America by the thousands. Persecution based on religion and poverty were great motivators in this large-scale migration. So too was the opportunity for tenant farmers to own their own land. Ample land and opportunity awaited the settlers who went to such states as Pennsylvania, Texas, New York, Illinois, and California, as well as Ontario and the prairie provinces of Canada. Research into the origins of individual families in North America revealed records of the immigration of a number of people bearing the name Schwalb or a variant listed above:

Schwalb Settlers in United States in the 18th Century

  • Johannes Schwalb, who arrived in New Jersey in 1709
  • John Jost Schwalb, who landed in Pennsylvania in 1750

Schwalb Settlers in United States in the 19th Century

  • Henry Schwalb, who landed in St Clair County, Illinois in 1857
  • Carl Schwalb, who arrived in St Clair County, Illinois in 1876

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Contemporary Notables of the name Schwalb (post 1700)


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Contemporary Notables of the name Schwalb (post 1700)



  • Philip Schwalb (b. 1962), American Social Entrepreneur, founder of for-profit Sports Museum of America in New York City
  • Susan Schwalb (b. 1944), American contemporary silverpoint artist
  • Robert J. Schwalb, American writer in the role-playing game industry
  • Richard Schwalb, American Democrat politician, Alternate Delegate to Democratic National Convention from Wisconsin, 1996
  • Morris Schwalb, American Republican politician, Candidate for New York State Senate 28th District, 1954
  • Martin Schwalb (b. 1963), West German silver medalist handball player who competed in the 1984 Summer Olympics and in the 1996 Summer Olympics

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Citations


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Citations



    Other References

    1. Jones, Henry Z. Palatine Families of New York 2 Volumes. Rockland, ME: Picton Press, 2001. Print. (ISBN 978-0961388829).
    2. Rolland, and H.V. Rolland. Illustrations to the Armorial general by J. B. Rietstap 6 volumes in 3. Baltimore: Heraldic Book Company, 1976. Print.
    3. Brechenmacher, Josef Karlmann. Deutches Namenbuch. Stuttgart: Verlag von Adolf Bonz & Comp, 1928. Print.
    4. Siebmacher, J.J. Siebmacher's Grosses Wappenbuch 35 Volumes. Germany: Bauer & Raspe. Print.
    5. Bentley, Elizabeth P. Passenger Arrivals at the Port of New York 1820-1829. Baltimore, Maryland: Genealogical Publishing Co., 1999. Print.
    6. Götze, Alfred. Familiennamen im badischen Oberland. Heidelberg: C. Winter, 1918. Print.
    7. Robb H. Amanda and Andrew Chesler. Encyclopedia of American Family Names. New York: Haper Collins, 1995. Print. (ISBN 0-06-270075-8).
    8. Bahlow, Hans. Mecklenburgisches Namenbüchlein Ein Führer durch Mecklenburgs Familiennamen. Rostock: Carl Hinstorffs Verlag, 1932. Print.
    9. Siebmacher, J.J. Siebmachers Wappenbuch. München, Battenberg: 1975. Print.
    10. Weis, Frederick Lewis, Walter Lee Sheppard and David Faris. Ancestral Roots of Sixty Colonists Who Came to New England Between 1623 and 1650 7th Edition. Baltimore: Genealogical Publishing, 1992. Print. (ISBN 0806313676).
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    The Schwalb Family Crest was acquired from the Houseofnames.com archives. The Schwalb 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.

    This page was last modified on 3 November 2015 at 09:13.

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