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The surname Schweizer is a topographic surname, which was given to a person who resided near a physical feature such as a hill, stream, church, or type of tree. Habitation names form the other broad category of surnames that were derived from place-names. They were derived from pre-existing names for towns, villages, parishes, or farmsteads. Other local names are derived from the names of houses, manors, estates, regions, and entire counties. As a general rule, the greater the distance between an individual and their homeland, the larger the territory they were named after. For example, a person who only moved to another parish would be known by the name of their original village, while people who migrated to a different country were often known by the name of a region or country from which they came. The surname Schweizer indicates that the original bearer immigrated to Austria from Switzerland.

Schweizer Early Origins



The surname Schweizer was first found in Austria, where the name was closely identified in early mediaeval times with the feudal society which would shape the course of European history. The name would later emerge as a noble family with great influence, particularly in the city of Frankfurt, and become noted for their involvement in social, economic and political affairs.

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Schweizer Spelling Variations


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Schweizer 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 Schweizer include Schweitzer, Schweizer, Schwitzer, Schwyzer, Switzer and many more.

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Schweizer Early History


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Schweizer Early History



This web page shows only a small excerpt of our Schweizer research. Another 233 words (17 lines of text) covering the years 1730, 1625, 1709, 1710, 1833 and 1875 are included under the topic Early Schweizer History in all our PDF Extended History products and printed products wherever possible.

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Schweizer Early Notables (pre 1700)


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Schweizer Early Notables (pre 1700)



During this period prominent bearers of the name Schweizer were Johann Friedrich Schweitzer (1625-1709), Dutch physician and alchemical writer of German extraction; Johann Jacob Casimir von Schweitzer, who was...

Another 28 words (2 lines of text) are included under the topic Early Schweizer Notables in all our PDF Extended History products and printed products wherever possible.

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The Great Migration



Austria was made a republic after the First World War. The Austro-Hungarian Empire was broken up by the Treaty of Versailles and many of its people found themselves in the new nation of Czechoslovakia. Many other Austrians and expatriate Austrians made their way to North America in the 20th century. Most landed in Philadelphia, later continuing on to the states of Ohio, Texas, Illinois, California, New York, and Maryland. Some Austrian settlers also went to western Canada and Ontario. Research into the origins of individual families in North America revealed records of the immigration of a number of people bearing the name Schweizer or a variant listed above:

Schweizer Settlers in United States in the 18th Century

  • Anna Schweizer, who arrived in Carolina in 1738
  • Anna Maria Schweizer, who landed in Pennsylvania in 1754
  • Jacob Schweizer, who landed in Lancaster, Pennsylvania in 1764
  • Franz Schweizer, who arrived in America in 1782

Schweizer Settlers in United States in the 19th Century

  • Peter Schweizer, who landed in North America in 1836
  • Johann Schweizer, who arrived in Texas in 1846
  • Wendel Schweizer, who arrived in Texas in 1846
  • Carl Schweizer came to Texas in 1849
  • Barbara Oertle Schweizer, who arrived in America in 1854
  • ... (More are available in all our PDF Extended History products and printed products wherever possible.)

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Contemporary Notables of the name Schweizer (post 1700)


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Contemporary Notables of the name Schweizer (post 1700)



  • John Schweizer, American politician, Village President of Carol Stream, Illinois, 1971-75
  • Mark Schweizer (b. 1956), American musician, composer, writer, and music professor
  • Bernard Schweizer (b. 1962), American professor of English at Long Island University, Brooklyn
  • Peter Schweizer (b. 1964), American conservative author and research fellow at Stanford University
  • Paul H. Schweizer (b. 1939), American CEO and co-founder with his brothers William, and Ernest Schweizer, of the Schweizer Aircraft Corporation, an American manufacturer of sailplanes, agricultural aircraft and helicopters in 1939
  • Doris Schweizer (b. 1989), Swiss racing cyclist
  • Christian Schweizer (b. 1995), Guamanian international footballer
  • Richard Schweizer (1899-1965), Swiss two-time Academy Award winning screenwriter
  • Irène Schweizer (b. 1941), Swiss jazz and free improvising pianist
  • Eduard Schweizer (1913-2006), Swiss New Testament scholar, educator at the University of Zurich

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Citations


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Citations



    Other References

    1. Götze, Alfred. Familiennamen im badischen Oberland. Heidelberg: C. Winter, 1918. Print.
    2. Kneschke, Dr. Ernest Heinrich. Neues allgemeines Deutsches Adels-Lexicon 9 Volumes New General German Aristocracy Lexicon. Leipzig: Friedrich Voigt, 1859. Print.
    3. Hildenbrand, A.M. Wappenfibel. Handbuch der Heraldik. Neustadt an der Aisch: 1970. Print.
    4. Rolland, and H.V. Rolland. Illustrations to the Armorial general by J. B. Rietstap 6 volumes in 3. Baltimore: Heraldic Book Company, 1976. Print.
    5. Bahlow, Hans. Mecklenburgisches Namenbüchlein Ein Führer durch Mecklenburgs Familiennamen. Rostock: Carl Hinstorffs Verlag, 1932. Print.
    6. Filby, P. William and Mary K Meyer. Passenger and Immigration Lists Index in Four Volumes. Detroit: Gale Research, 1985. Print. (ISBN 0-8103-1795-8).
    7. Garland, Mary and Henry Garland Editions. Oxford Companion To German Literature 3rd Edition. Oxford: Oxford University Press, 1997. Print. (ISBN 0198158963).
    8. Fogleman, Aaron Spencer. Hopeful Journeys German Immigration, Settlement, and Political Culture in Colonial America 1717-1775. Philadelphia: University of Pennsylvania Press, 1986. Print. (ISBN 978-0812215489).
    9. Passenger Lists of Vessels Arriving at Galveston Texas 1896-1951. National Archives Washington DC. Print.
    10. Zoder, Rudolf. Familiennamen in Ostfalen. Hildesheim: Geog Olms Verlagsbuchhandlung, 1968. Print.
    11. ...

    The Schweizer Family Crest was acquired from the Houseofnames.com archives. The Schweizer 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.

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