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An excerpt from www.HouseOfNames.com archives copyright 2000 - 2016


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Spelling variations of this family name include: Schwerin, Schwerinsburg and others.

First found in Mecklenburg, where the name contributed greatly to the development of an emerging nation, and would later play a large role in the tribal and national conflicts of the area. Over time, the family name branched into other houses, where their influence continued to be felt because of the important role they played in the local social and political affairs. They were the ancient counts of Schwerin in Mecklinberg.


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This web page shows only a small excerpt of our Swearingen research. Another 151 words (11 lines of text) covering the years 1684 and 1757 are included under the topic Early Swearingen History in all our PDF Extended History products.

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Another 38 words (3 lines of text) are included under the topic Early Swearingen Notables in all our PDF Extended History products.

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Some of the first settlers of this family name were:

Swearingen Settlers in United States in the 17th Century


  • Gerett Van Swearingen, who landed in New Castle, Del in 1655

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  • Rob Swearingen (b. 1963), American businessman and politician, Member of the Wisconsin State Assembly (2013-)
  • Terri Swearingen, American nurse from Ohio, awarded the Goldman Environmental Prize in 1997
  • Addie Peed Swearingen (1904-2008), American former beautician who became a philanthropist
  • Thomas Van Swearingen (1784-1822), American politician, U.S. Representative from Virginia (1819-1822)
  • Henry Swearingen (1792-1849), American politician, U.S. Representative from Ohio (1838-1841)
  • Edward J. "Ed" Swearingen (b. 1925), American aeronautical engineer
  • Lawson Lewis Swearingen Jr. (b. 1944), former American Democratic member of the Louisiana State Senate (1990-1991)
  • James Swearingen, American composer and arranger
  • Thomas Van Swearingen (1784-1822), American politician, Member of Virginia State Legislature; U.S. Representative from Virginia, 1819-22


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  • American Pilgrimage for Lesans, Blanchards, Swearingers by Ruth Blanchard Knudson.
  • Some Descendants of Garrett Vansweringen (also Swearingen) of St. Mary's, Maryland by Frances C.T. Daniels.
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  2. Fogleman, Aaron Spencer. Hopeful Journeys German Immigration, Settlement, and Political Culture in Colonial America 1717-1775. Philadelphia: University of Pennsylvania Press, 1986. Print. (ISBN 978-0812215489).
  3. Schenk, Trudy. Wuerttemberg Emigration Index Volume I-VIII. Salt Lake City: Ancestry Inc., 1986. Print.
  4. Bolton, Charles Knowles. Bolton's American Armory. Baltimore: Heraldic Book Company, 1964. Print.
  5. Bahlow, Hans. Deutschlands geographische Namenwelt Etymologisches Lexikon der Fluss- und Ortsnamen alteuropaischer Herkunft. Frankfurt: Suhrkamp, 1985. Print.
  6. Rupp, Daniel L. A Collection of Upwards of Thirty Thousand Names of German, Swiss, Dutch, French and Other Immigrants to Pennsylvania from 1727 to 1776. Baltimore: Genealogical Publishing, 2000. Print. (ISBN 978-0806303024).
  7. Kneschke, Dr. Ernest Heinrich. Neues allgemeines Deutsches Adels-Lexicon 9 Volumes New General German Aristocracy Lexicon. Leipzig: Friedrich Voigt, 1859. Print.
  8. Jones, George F. The Germans of Colonial Georgia 1733-1783 Revised edition. Baltimore: Genealogical Publishing, 1986. Print. (ISBN 0806311614).
  9. 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).
  10. Weis, Frederick Lewis, Walter Lee Sheppard and David Faris. Ancestral Roots of Sixty Colonists Who Came to New England Between 1623 and 1650 7th Edition. Baltimore: Genealogical Publishing, 1992. Print. (ISBN 0806313676).
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The Swearingen Family Crest was acquired from the Houseofnames.com archives. The Swearingen 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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