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."
Early Origins of the Schwerdtfeger family
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.
Early History of the Schwerdtfeger family
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Schwerdtfeger 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 Schwerdtfeger family (pre 1700)
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Migration of the Schwerdtfeger family to the New World and Oceana
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 CITATION[CLOSE]
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)