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The German surname Swiger originated in the former duchy of Swabia, now the region of Baden-Wurttemberg. The name is derived from the Middle High German word "sweiger," meaning "one who operates a dairy farm." Swiger is possibly also related to the Middle High German verb "sweigen," meaning "to make cheese." Alternatively, the name may be connected to the place name "Schwaig," the name of a city in Swabia. It is likely that the first bearers of the name were dairy farmers or residents of the city of Schwaig.

Swiger Early Origins



The surname Swiger was first found in Wuerzburg, where the earliest recorded bearer of the name, Gottfried von Sweigere, was living in 1203. His son, Konrad Sweigere, is also on record as a resident of Wuerzburg in 1223.

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Swiger Spelling Variations


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Swiger Spelling Variations



Spelling variations of this family name include: Schwaiger, Swiger, Schweiger, Sweigere, von Sweigere, Schweier, Swaiger, Swigart, Swigard and many more.

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Swiger Early History


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Swiger Early History



This web page shows only a small excerpt of our Swiger research. Another 171 words (12 lines of text) covering the years 1370, 1379, 1403, 1511, 1570, 1675, and 1758 are included under the topic Early Swiger History in all our PDF Extended History products and printed products wherever possible.

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Swiger Early Notables (pre 1700)


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Swiger Early Notables (pre 1700)



Notables with the surname Swiger during this period were the Schwaigers, a family of goldsmiths working in Swabia from the fifteenth century, Johann Schweiger (1511-1570), a curate...

Another 27 words (2 lines of text) are included under the topic Early Swiger Notables in all our PDF Extended History products and printed products wherever possible.

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The Great Migration


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The Great Migration



Some of the first settlers of this family name were:

Swiger Settlers in United States in the 19th Century

  • Rudolph Swiger, aged 24, who settled in America, in 1893
  • Max Swiger, aged 3, who landed in America, in 1895
  • Dora Swiger, aged 7, who emigrated to America, in 1895

Swiger Settlers in United States in the 20th Century

  • Amelia Swiger, aged 48, who settled in America, in 1911
  • Edgar Swiger, aged 2, who landed in America, in 1914
  • James Swiger, aged 31, who emigrated to the United States, in 1914
  • Dessee Swiger, aged 23, who landed in America, in 1914
  • Carl B. Swiger, aged 31, who emigrated to the United States, in 1922

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Contemporary Notables of the name Swiger (post 1700)


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Contemporary Notables of the name Swiger (post 1700)



  • Arlen G Swiger, American founder of a fellowship program at West Virginia University
  • Joe Edward Swiger (b. 1940), American political worker

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Citations


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Citations



    Other References

    1. Colletta, John P. They Came In Ships. Salt Lake City: Ancestry, 1993. Print.
    2. Bahlow, Hans. Deutschlands geographische Namenwelt Etymologisches Lexikon der Fluss- und Ortsnamen alteuropaischer Herkunft. Frankfurt: Suhrkamp, 1985. Print.
    3. Kapff, Rudolf. Schwäbische Geschlechtsnamen. Stuttgart: Verlag Silberburg, 1927. Print.
    4. Tarneller, Josef. Zur Namenkunde Tirolen Familiennamen. Bozen: Buchhandlung, 1923. Print.
    5. Brechenmacher, Josef Karlmann. Deutches Namenbuch. Stuttgart: Verlag von Adolf Bonz & Comp, 1928. Print.
    6. Zieber, Eugene. Heraldry in America. Philadelphia: Genealogical Publishing Co. Print.
    7. Siebmacher, J.J. Siebmacher's Grosses Wappenbuch 35 Volumes. Germany: Bauer & Raspe. Print.
    8. Crozier, William Armstrong Edition. Crozier's General Armory A Registry of American Families Entitled to Coat Armor. New York: Fox, Duffield, 1904. Print.
    9. Hildenbrand, A.M. Wappenfibel. Handbuch der Heraldik. Neustadt an der Aisch: 1970. Print.
    10. Zoder, Rudolf. Familiennamen in Ostfalen. Hildesheim: Geog Olms Verlagsbuchhandlung, 1968. Print.
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    The Swiger Family Crest was acquired from the Houseofnames.com archives. The Swiger 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.

    This page was last modified on 23 October 2016 at 15:51.

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