Schwer History, Family Crest & Coats of Arms

The name Schwer is generally thought to be derived from the Middle High German word "swaere" meaning "grieved" or "sad," suggesting one who was grieved or saddened. Schwer may have originated as a nickname, derived from a physical characteristic or personal attribute of the initial bearer. In some cases, the Schwer 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 Schwer family

The surname Schwer 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 Schwer family

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Schwer Spelling Variations

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 Schwer family (pre 1700)

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United States Schwer migration to the United States +

Some of the first settlers of this family name were:

Schwer Settlers in United States in the 18th Century
  • Adam Schwer, who landed in New York in 1709 [1]
  • Christophel Schwer, who arrived in Philadelphia, Pennsylvania in 1773 [1]
Schwer Settlers in United States in the 19th Century
  • D Schwer, aged 46, who landed in New Orleans, La in 1845 [1]
  • P Schwer, aged 6, who arrived in New Orleans, La in 1845 [1]


  1. ^ Filby, P. William, Meyer, Mary K., Passenger and immigration lists index : a guide to published arrival records of about 500,000 passengers who came to the United States and Canada in the seventeenth, eighteenth, and nineteenth centuries. 1982-1985 Cumulated Supplements in Four Volumes Detroit, Mich. : Gale Research Co., 1985, Print (ISBN 0-8103-1795-8)


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