The Schwerter surname is derived from the German word "schwerdt," meaning "sword." It is thought that some of the surnames that include this root word were occupational
for sword makers. There was also a place named Schwerta, East of Görlitz, Saxony
, near the Polish border.
Early Origins of the Schwerter family
The surname Schwerter was first found in Saxony
, although the surname may have arisen simultaneously in various parts of the Holy Roman Empire
. Some of the earliest recorded instances of the name include Johannes dictus Swertfeger, residing in Hamburg as early as 1266, and Heinrich dictus Swertfeger, who was living in Weilderstat in 1275.
Early History of the Schwerter family
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Schwerter Spelling Variations
of this family name include: Schwerdtfeger, Schwert, Schwertschlager, Schwerdt, Schwertner, Schwerdtner,Schwertfeger, Schwertmann and many more.
Early Notables of the Schwerter family (pre 1700)
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Migration of the Schwerter family to the New World and Oceana
Some of the first settlers of this family name were:
Schwerter Settlers in United States in the 18th Century
- Hans Schwerter, who landed in Pennsylvania in 1749 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)