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The name Schwerdtfeger is generally thought to be derived from the Middle High German word "swaere" meaning "grieved" or "sad," suggesting one who was grieved or saddened. Schwerdtfeger may have originated as a nickname, derived from a physical characteristic or personal attribute of the initial bearer. In some cases, the Schwerdtfeger name may have also been derived from the German word "schwer" meaning "father-in-law" or "schwager" meaning "brother-in-law."

Schwerdtfeger Early Origins



The surname Schwerdtfeger 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.

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Schwerdtfeger Spelling Variations


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Schwerdtfeger 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.

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Schwerdtfeger Early History


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Schwerdtfeger Early History



This web page shows only a small excerpt of our Schwerdtfeger research. Another 196 words (14 lines of text) covering the years 1772 and 1820 are included under the topic Early Schwerdtfeger History in all our PDF Extended History products and printed products wherever possible.

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Schwerdtfeger Early Notables (pre 1700)


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Schwerdtfeger Early Notables (pre 1700)



Another 24 words (2 lines of text) are included under the topic Early Schwerdtfeger 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



Some of the first settlers of this family name were:

Schwerdtfeger Settlers in United States in the 18th Century

  • Christian Schwerdtfeger, who landed in Long Island in 1781

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Citations



    Other References

    1. Hanks, Patricia and Flavia Hodges. A Dictionary of Surnames. Oxford: Oxford University Press, 1988. Print. (ISBN 0-19-211592-8).
    2. Steed, Henry Wickham . The Hapsburg Monarchy. London: Constable and Company, 1919. Print.
    3. Robb H. Amanda and Andrew Chesler. Encyclopedia of American Family Names. New York: Haper Collins, 1995. Print. (ISBN 0-06-270075-8).
    4. Strassburger, Ralph B. Pennsylvania German Pioneers The Original Lists of Arrivals in the Port of Philadelphia 3 Volumes. Baltimore: Picton Press, 1992. Print. (ISBN 978-0929539980).
    5. Tobler-Meyer, Wilhelm. Familiennamen der Ostschweiz. Zürich: 1894. Print.
    6. Götze, Alfred. Familiennamen im badischen Oberland. Heidelberg: C. Winter, 1918. Print.
    7. Browning, Charles H. Americans of Royal Descent. Baltimore: Genealogical Publishing. Print.
    8. Haverkamp, Alfred. Medieval Germany 1056-1273 2nd edition. Oxford: Oxford University Press, 1988. Print.
    9. Karlsruhe. Badisches Generallandesarchiv Baden Emigration lists 1866-1911. Salt Lake City: Microfilm of Card Index by the Genealogical Society of Utah. Print.
    10. Gottschald, Max. Deutsche Namenkunde unsere Familiennamen nach ihrer Entstehung und Bedeutung. München: J.F. Lehmanns Verlag, 1932. Print.
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    The Schwerdtfeger Family Crest was acquired from the Houseofnames.com archives. The Schwerdtfeger 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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