Schwier History, Family Crest & Coats of Arms

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

The surname Schwier 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 Schwier family

This web page shows only a small excerpt of our Schwier research. Another 114 words (8 lines of text) covering the years 1772 and 1820 are included under the topic Early Schwier History in all our PDF Extended History products and printed products wherever possible.

Schwier 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 Schwier family (pre 1700)

More information is included under the topic Early Schwier Notables in all our PDF Extended History products and printed products wherever possible.


United States Schwier migration to the United States +

Some of the first settlers of this family name were:

Schwier Settlers in United States in the 18th Century
  • Christian Schwier, who landed in Pennsylvania in 1774 [1]

Contemporary Notables of the name Schwier (post 1700) +

  • Werner Schwier (1921-1982), German actor, voice actor, and television presenter

Bismarck
  • Adolf Schwier (1917-1941), German Bootsmannsmaat who served aboard the German Battleship Bismarck during World War II when it was sunk heading to France; he died in the sinking [2]


  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)
  2. ^ Bismarck & Tirpitz Class - Crew List Bismarck. (Retrieved 2018, February 06). Retrieved from https://www.bismarck-class.dk/bismarck/crew/bismarck_crew.html#crew_details


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