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Where did the German Sweigert family come from? What is the German Sweigert family crest and coat of arms? When did the Sweigert family first arrive in the United States? Where did the various branches of the family go? What is the Sweigert family history?

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


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

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.


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


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


Some of the first settlers of this family name were:

Sweigert Settlers in United States in the 18th Century

  • Adam Sweigert, who arrived in Pennsylvania in 1753


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  9. Egle, William Henry. Pennsylvania Genealogies Scotch-Irish and German. Harrisburg: L.S. Hart, 1886. Print.
  10. Bahlow, Hans and Edda Gentry. Translation Dictionary of German Names 2nd Edition. Madison: University of Wisconsin, 2002. Print.
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The Sweigert Family Crest was acquired from the Houseofnames.com archives. The Sweigert 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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