Schwandt History, Family Crest & Coats of Arms

The Schwandt surname comes from the Middle High German word "swand," meaning "to thin out" or "disappear" and was probably given to someone who lived in a clearing or glade.

Early Origins of the Schwandt family

The surname Schwandt was first found in Swabia, where the name became noted for its many branches within the region, each house acquiring a status and influence which was envied by the princes of the region. In its later history the name became a power unto itself and was elevated to the ranks of nobility as they grew into this most influential family. The name comes from the Middle High German word "swand," meaning "to thin out" or "disappear" and was probably given to someone who lived in a clearing or glade.

Early History of the Schwandt family

This web page shows only a small excerpt of our Schwandt research. Another 72 words (5 lines of text) are included under the topic Early Schwandt History in all our PDF Extended History products and printed products wherever possible.

Schwandt Spelling Variations

Spelling variations of this family name include: Schwand, Schwandt, Schwander, Schwandner and many more.

Early Notables of the Schwandt family (pre 1700)

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United States Schwandt migration to the United States +

Some of the first settlers of this family name were:

Schwandt Settlers in United States in the 19th Century
  • Bertha Schwandt, aged 27, who landed in America from Sternheim, in 1892
  • Georg Schwandt, aged 30, who settled in America, in 1892
  • Minna Schwandt, aged 16, who landed in America from Berlin, in 1893
  • Auguste Schwandt, aged 40, who immigrated to the United States from Langenfahr, in 1893
Schwandt Settlers in United States in the 20th Century
  • Ottilia Schwandt, aged 32, who immigrated to the United States from Berlin, in 1900
  • Yohann Schwandt, aged 38, who immigrated to the United States from Natalien, in 1903
  • Emma Schwandt, aged 25, who landed in America from Berlin, in 1903
  • Elen Schwandt, aged 21, who settled in America from Hamm, Germany, in 1905
  • Gerhard Schwandt, aged 4, who immigrated to the United States from Berlin, German, in 1910
  • ... (More are available in all our PDF Extended History products and printed products wherever possible.)

Contemporary Notables of the name Schwandt (post 1700) +

  • Wilbur Clyde Schwandt (1904-1998), American musician, best known for his song "Dream a Little Dream of Me" (c. 1931)
  • Erich P. Schwandt (1935-2017), American-born, Canadian cembalist, organist, musicologists and music educator
  • Rhonda Schwandt, American gold medalist gymnast at the Moscow News Gymnastics Tournament in 1978
  • Stephen Schwandt, American author
  • Julius F. Schwandt, American politician, Mayor of New Braunfels, Texas, 1953-55 [1]
  • Fred Schwandt, American politician, Member of South Dakota State House of Representatives 32nd District, 1933-34 [1]
  • Dick Schwandt, American Democrat politician, Candidate for South Dakota State Senate 4th District, 2010 [1]
  • Hartmut Schwandt, American computer scientist


  1. ^ The Political Graveyard: Alphabetical Name Index. (Retrieved 2015, November 3) . Retrieved from http://politicalgraveyard.com/alpha/index.html


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