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The surname Svoboda was first found in Bohemia, where the name came from humble beginnings but gained a significant reputation for its contribution to the emerging mediaeval society. It later became more prominent as many branches of the same house acquired distant estates, some in foreign countries, always elevating their social status by their great contributions to society.

Spelling variations of this family name include: Swoboda, Svoboda and others.


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This web page shows only a small excerpt of our Svoboda research. Another 171 words (12 lines of text) covering the years 1785 and 1873 are included under the topic Early Svoboda History in all our PDF Extended History products.

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Some of the first settlers of this family name were:

Svoboda Settlers in United States in the 19th Century


  • Frank Svoboda, who landed in Texas in 1850-1906

Svoboda Settlers in United States in the 20th Century


  • Anton Svoboda, who arrived in Alabama in 1924

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  • Ken Svoboda, American Republican politician, Candidate for Mayor of Lincoln, Nebraska, 2007; Alternate Delegate to Republican National Convention from Nebraska, 2008
  • Frank J. Svoboda, American Democrat politician, Alternate Delegate to Democratic National Convention from Ohio, 1956; Candidate for Presidential Elector for Ohio, 1956
  • E. J. Svoboda, American Democrat politician, Chair of Howard County Democratic Party, 1940
  • C. V. Svoboda, American politician, Delegate to Nebraska State Constitutional Convention, 1919-20; Member of Nebraska State House of Representatives, 1923
  • William Ray Svoboda (1928-1980), American football linebacker
  • Terese Svoboda, American author
  • Robert Edwin Svoboda (b. 1953), American author and ayurvedic doctor
  • Tomas Svoboda (b. 1939), prolific Czech-American contemporary classical composer
  • Jakub Svoboda (b. 1989), Czech professional ice hockey player
  • František Svoboda (b. 1904), Czechoslovak canoer

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  1. Rietstap, Johannes Baptist. Armorial Général. Baltimore: Genealogical Publishing Co. Print.
  2. Gritzner, M. Handbuch der heraldischen Terminologie in zwölf Zungen. Nürnberg: 1890. Print.
  3. Rolland, and H.V. Rolland. Illustrations to the Armorial general by J. B. Rietstap 6 volumes in 3. Baltimore: Heraldic Book Company, 1976. Print.
  4. Götze, Alfred. Familiennamen im badischen Oberland. Heidelberg: C. Winter, 1918. Print.
  5. Göbel, Otto. Niederdeutsche Familiennamen der Gegenwart Wolfshagen-Schäbentz. Franz: Westphal, 1936. Print.
  6. Siebmacher, J.J. Siebmacher's Grosses Wappenbuch 35 Volumes. Germany: Bauer & Raspe. Print.
  7. Bahlow, Hans. Deutschlands geographische Namenwelt Etymologisches Lexikon der Fluss- und Ortsnamen alteuropaischer Herkunft. Frankfurt: Suhrkamp, 1985. Print.
  8. Robb H. Amanda and Andrew Chesler. Encyclopedia of American Family Names. New York: Haper Collins, 1995. Print. (ISBN 0-06-270075-8).
  9. Haverkamp, Alfred. Medieval Germany 1056-1273 2nd edition. Oxford: Oxford University Press, 1988. Print.
  10. Browning, Charles H. Americans of Royal Descent. Baltimore: Genealogical Publishing. Print.
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