Swiegers History, Family Crest & Coats of Arms

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

The surname Swiegers 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 Swiegers family

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Swiegers 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 Swiegers family (pre 1700)

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Migration of the Swiegers family

Some of the first settlers of this family name or some of its variants were: Susanna Schweyer, who settled in Pennsylvania in 1737; Georg Schweyer, who settled in Philadelphia in 1749; Nicklaus Schweyer, who settled in Philadelphia in 1752.


Contemporary Notables of the name Swiegers (post 1700) +

  • Guillaume Johannes "Giam" Swiegers (b. 1956), South African-born Australian business executive, CEO of Deloitte Australia (2003–)
  • Rudi Swiegers (b. 1987), Canadian bronze medalist pair skater


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