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The surname Switzer is a topographic surname, which was given to a person who resided near a physical feature such as a hill, stream, church, or type of tree. Habitation names form the other broad category of surnames that were derived from place-names. They were derived from pre-existing names for towns, villages, parishes, or farmsteads. Other local names are derived from the names of houses, manors, estates, regions, and entire counties. As a general rule, the greater the distance between an individual and their homeland, the larger the territory they were named after. For example, a person who only moved to another parish would be known by the name of their original village, while people who migrated to a different country were often known by the name of a region or country from which they came. The surname Switzer indicates that the original bearer immigrated to Austria from Switzerland.

Switzer Early Origins



The surname Switzer was first found in Austria, where the name was closely identified in early mediaeval times with the feudal society which would shape the course of European history. The name would later emerge as a noble family with great influence, particularly in the city of Frankfurt, and become noted for their involvement in social, economic and political affairs.

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Switzer Spelling Variations


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Switzer Spelling Variations



In the medieval era, many different cultural groups lived in the German states. There are thus many regional variations of German surnames from that era. Westphalians spoke Low German, which is similar to modern Dutch. Many German names carry suffixes that identify where they came from. Others have phrases attached that identify something about the original bearer. Other variations in German names resulted from the fact that medieval scribes worked without the aid of any spelling rules. The spelling variations of the name Switzer include Schweitzer, Schweizer, Schwitzer, Schwyzer, Switzer and many more.

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Switzer Early History


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Switzer Early History



This web page shows only a small excerpt of our Switzer research. Another 233 words (17 lines of text) covering the years 1730, 1625, 1709, 1710, 1833 and 1875 are included under the topic Early Switzer History in all our PDF Extended History products and printed products wherever possible.

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Switzer Early Notables (pre 1700)


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Switzer Early Notables (pre 1700)



During this period prominent bearers of the name Switzer were Johann Friedrich Schweitzer (1625-1709), Dutch physician and alchemical writer of German extraction; Johann Jacob Casimir von Schweitzer, who was...

Another 28 words (2 lines of text) are included under the topic Early Switzer 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



Austria was made a republic after the First World War. The Austro-Hungarian Empire was broken up by the Treaty of Versailles and many of its people found themselves in the new nation of Czechoslovakia. Many other Austrians and expatriate Austrians made their way to North America in the 20th century. Most landed in Philadelphia, later continuing on to the states of Ohio, Texas, Illinois, California, New York, and Maryland. Some Austrian settlers also went to western Canada and Ontario. Research into the origins of individual families in North America revealed records of the immigration of a number of people bearing the name Switzer or a variant listed above:

Switzer Settlers in United States in the 18th Century

  • Christian Switzer, aged 20, landed in Pennsylvania in 1738
  • Henderick Switzer, aged 25, arrived in Pennsylvania in 1743
  • Johannes Switzer, aged 24, arrived in Pennsylvania in 1753
  • John Switzer, who landed in Pennsylvania in 1761
  • Jacob Switzer, who landed in Pennsylvania in 1765
  • ... (More are available in all our PDF Extended History products and printed products wherever possible.)

Switzer Settlers in United States in the 19th Century

  • Laurence Switzer, who landed in Maryland in 1800
  • Martin Switzer, aged 28, arrived in Boston, Massachusetts in 1804
  • Simon Switzer, who landed in Mississippi in 1847
  • Henry Switzer, who landed in Allegany (Allegheny) County, Pennsylvania in 1872

Switzer Settlers in Canada in the 18th Century

  • Mr. Peter Switzer U.E. who settled in Saint John, New Brunswick c. 1784 he became a Freeman in 1875 was a Cutler [1]CITATION[CLOSE]
    Rubincam, Milton. The Old United Empire Loyalists List. Genealogical Publishing Co., Inc, 1976. (Originally published as; United Empire Loyalists. The Centennial of the Settlement of Upper Canada. Rose Publishing Company, 1885.) ISBN 0-8063-0331-X
  • Cpl. Philip Switzer U.E. (b. 1757) born in Ballingarrane, Limerick County, Ireland from New York, USA who settled in Ernest Town [Ernestown], Lennox & Addington, Ontario c. 1784, then resettled to Marysburgh [Prince Edward County], Ontario in 1796, before finally settling in Camden East, Ontario after 1830 he enlisted in 1776 serving in Loyal Rangers, Justus Sherwoods 4th Company, married to Patience Rose in 1784 having 11 children, [1]CITATION[CLOSE]
    Rubincam, Milton. The Old United Empire Loyalists List. Genealogical Publishing Co., Inc, 1976. (Originally published as; United Empire Loyalists. The Centennial of the Settlement of Upper Canada. Rose Publishing Company, 1885.) ISBN 0-8063-0331-X

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Contemporary Notables of the name Switzer (post 1700)


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Contemporary Notables of the name Switzer (post 1700)



  • George Shirley Switzer (1915-2008), American mineralogist
  • Robert Mauck Switzer (1863-1952), U.S. Representative from Ohio
  • Robert C. Switzer (1914-1997), American co-inventor along with his brother Joe Switzer of the first fluorescent paint which he called "Day-Glo"
  • Kathrine Switzer (b. 1947), American runner, the first woman to run the Boston Marathon as a numbered entry
  • Harold Frederick Switzer (1925-1967), American child actor
  • Carl Dean "Alfalfa" Switzer (1927-1959), American child actor, professional dog breeder and hunting guide
  • Jon Michael Switzer (b. 1979), American Major League Baseball relief pitcher
  • Barry Switzer (b. 1937), American former football coach
  • Brigadier Thomas Deeves Switzer (b. 1885), Canadian Deputy Master-General of Ordnance, National Defence Headquarters
  • Craig Switzer (b. 1984), Canadian professional ice hockey player
  • ... (Another 5 notables are available in all our PDF Extended History products and printed products wherever possible.)

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Switzer Historic Events


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Switzer Historic Events




HMS Hood

  • Mr. Albert Switzer (b. 1909), English Ordinary Seaman serving for the Royal Navy from Bethnal Green, London, England, who sailed into battle on the HMS Hood and died on 24th May 1941 in the sinking

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  1. ^ Rubincam, Milton. The Old United Empire Loyalists List. Genealogical Publishing Co., Inc, 1976. (Originally published as; United Empire Loyalists. The Centennial of the Settlement of Upper Canada. Rose Publishing Company, 1885.) ISBN 0-8063-0331-X

Other References

  1. Brechenmacher, Josef Karlmann. Deutches Namenbuch. Stuttgart: Verlag von Adolf Bonz & Comp, 1928. Print.
  2. Schenk, Trudy. Wuerttemberg Emigration Index Volume I-VIII. Salt Lake City: Ancestry Inc., 1986. Print.
  3. Bolton, Charles Knowles. Bolton's American Armory. Baltimore: Heraldic Book Company, 1964. Print.
  4. Bentley, Elizabeth P. Passenger Arrivals at the Port of New York 1820-1829. Baltimore, Maryland: Genealogical Publishing Co., 1999. Print.
  5. 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).
  6. Götze, Alfred. Familiennamen im badischen Oberland. Heidelberg: C. Winter, 1918. Print.
  7. 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).
  8. Karlsruhe. Badisches Generallandesarchiv Baden Emigration lists 1866-1911. Salt Lake City: Microfilm of Card Index by the Genealogical Society of Utah. Print.
  9. Filby, P. William and Mary K Meyer. Passenger and Immigration Lists Index in Four Volumes. Detroit: Gale Research, 1985. Print. (ISBN 0-8103-1795-8).
  10. Kapff, Rudolf. Schwäbische Geschlechtsnamen. Stuttgart: Verlag Silberburg, 1927. Print.
  11. ...

The Switzer Family Crest was acquired from the Houseofnames.com archives. The Switzer 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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