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Where did the German Schwerdtfeger family come from? What is the German Schwerdtfeger family crest and coat of arms? When did the Schwerdtfeger family first arrive in the United States? Where did the various branches of the family go? What is the Schwerdtfeger family history?

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."


Spelling variations of this family name include: Schwäher, Schwähr, Schweher, Schweyer, Schweyher, Schwerer, Schwaeher, Schwier, Swieger, Schwägerl, Schwager, Swager, Schwertfeger and many more.

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.


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.


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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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  6. Passenger Lists of Vessels Arriving at Galveston Texas 1896-1951. National Archives Washington DC. Print.
  7. Bahlow, Hans. Mecklenburgisches Namenbüchlein Ein Führer durch Mecklenburgs Familiennamen. Rostock: Carl Hinstorffs Verlag, 1932. Print.
  8. 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).
  9. Rolland, and H.V. Rolland. Illustrations to the Armorial general by J. B. Rietstap 6 volumes in 3. Baltimore: Heraldic Book Company, 1976. Print.
  10. Jones, Henry Z. Palatine Families of New York 2 Volumes. Rockland, ME: Picton Press, 2001. Print. (ISBN 978-0961388829).
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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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