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The name Sweigart is generally thought to be derived from the Middle High German word "swaere" meaning "grieved" or "sad," suggesting one who was grieved or saddened. Sweigart may have originated as a nickname, derived from a physical characteristic or personal attribute of the initial bearer. In some cases, the Sweigart name may have also been derived from the German word "schwer" meaning "father-in-law" or "schwager" meaning "brother-in-law."

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The surname Sweigart 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.

Spelling variations of this family name include: Schwäher, Schwähr, Schweher, Schweyer, Schweyher, Schwerer, Schwaeher, Schwier, Swieger, Schwägerl, Schwager, Swager, Schwertfeger and many more.


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This web page shows only a small excerpt of our Sweigart research. Another 196 words (14 lines of text) covering the years 1772 and 1820 are included under the topic Early Sweigart History in all our PDF Extended History products and printed products wherever possible.

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Another 24 words (2 lines of text) are included under the topic Early Sweigart Notables in all our PDF Extended History products and printed products wherever possible.

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Some of the first settlers of this family name were:

Sweigart Settlers in United States in the 20th Century

  • Washington Sweigart, aged 33, who arrived in America in 1908
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  • Captian Frank Sweigart, American former officer in the United States Navy, Deputy Director of the Office for the Administrative Review of Detained Enemy Combatants
  • Stephen Sweigart, American News & Documentary Emmy Award nominated producer, known for his work on Nova (1974), Nova ScienceNow (2005) and Rosalind Franklin: DNA's Dark Lady (2003)
  • Matt Sweigart, American actor, known for his work on Redneck Superheros: The Movie (2011) and The Legacy of Officer Dunbar (2011)
  • Charles Sweigart, American actor, known for Real Genius (1985), Tough Guys (1986) and The Couch Trip (1988)
  • Anne Brossman Sweigart, American eponym of Anne Brossman Sweigart Hall, Rider University, Mercer County, New Jersey
  • Vicki Sweigart, American two-time gold medalist equestrian at the 1996 Summer Paralympics
  • Dr. George W. Sweigart, American dentist and Mayor for the town of Hartford City, Indiana; founder of Mount Lawn Speedway, Greensboro, Henry County, Indiana in 1934
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    Other References

    1. Siebmacher, J.J. Siebmacher's Grosses Wappenbuch 35 Volumes. Germany: Bauer & Raspe. Print.
    2. Rietstap, Johannes Baptist. Armorial Général. Baltimore: Genealogical Publishing Co. Print.
    3. Crozier, William Armstrong Edition. Crozier's General Armory A Registry of American Families Entitled to Coat Armor. New York: Fox, Duffield, 1904. Print.
    4. Hanks, Patricia and Flavia Hodges. A Dictionary of Surnames. Oxford: Oxford University Press, 1988. Print. (ISBN 0-19-211592-8).
    5. Bolton, Charles Knowles. Bolton's American Armory. Baltimore: Heraldic Book Company, 1964. Print.
    6. Bahlow, Hans. Deutschlands geographische Namenwelt Etymologisches Lexikon der Fluss- und Ortsnamen alteuropaischer Herkunft. Frankfurt: Suhrkamp, 1985. Print.
    7. Bahlow, Hans. Abhandlungen zur Namenforschung und Buchgeschichte. 1980. Print. (ISBN 978-3768690522).
    8. Strassburger, Ralph B. German Pioneers The Original Lists of Arrivals in the Port of Philadelphia 3 Volumes. Baltimore: Picton Press, 1992. Print. (ISBN 978-0929539980).
    9. 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).
    10. Colletta, John P. They Came In Ships. Salt Lake City: Ancestry, 1993. Print.
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