Show ContentsSwoboda History, Family Crest & Coats of Arms

The surname Swoboda is a derived from the Czech word "svoboda," which means 'freedom, free owner or yeoman'. This was the term used in feudal times for a freeman, that is, a free man who is not a servant to someone else. Svoboda is the third most common Czech surname and has been since at least 1937.

Early Origins of the Swoboda family

The surname Swoboda was first found in Moravia and Bohemia that today form the proud Czech Republic.

Early History of the Swoboda family

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Swoboda Spelling Variations

Spelling variations of this family name include: Szvoboda, Swoboda, Svoboda and others.

Early Notables of the Swoboda family

Notable among the name Swoboda at this time we found

  • Rudolf Swoboda the Elder (1819-1859) was an Austrian landscape and animal painter. He is generally referred to as The Elder to distinguish him from his nephew, Rudolf
  • His younger brother, Eduard Swoboda (1814-1902) was also an Austrian portrait, history and genre painter. His son, Rudolf Swoboda The Younger (1859-1914) was a 19th-century Austrian Orientalist painte...

Swoboda Ranking

In the United States, the name Swoboda is the 16,710th most popular surname with an estimated 2,487 people with that name. [1]

United States Swoboda migration to the United States +

Some of the first settlers of this family name were:

Swoboda Settlers in United States in the 19th Century
  • Frank Swoboda, who arrived in Texas in 1850-1906 [2]
Swoboda Settlers in United States in the 20th Century
  • Barbara Swoboda, aged 28, who landed in America from Hyskov, Bohemia, in 1903
  • George Swoboda, aged 42, who landed in America, in 1905
  • Franz Swoboda, aged 33, who immigrated to the United States from Lasin, Hungary, in 1906
  • Anton Swoboda, aged 1, who landed in America from Somogy, Hungary, in 1907
  • Anna Swoboda, aged 35, who immigrated to the United States from Wien, Austria, in 1909
  • ... (More are available in all our PDF Extended History products and printed products wherever possible.)

Contemporary Notables of the name Swoboda (post 1700) +

  • Ronald Alan "Ron" Swoboda (b. 1944), American former Major League Baseball outfielder
  • Alois P Swoboda (1873-1938), pioneer of American Physical Culture at the turn of the century
  • Marcus Swoboda, Austrian gold medalist paracanoer
  • Henry Swoboda (1897-1990), Czech conductor and musicologist
  • Hannes Swoboda (b. 1946), Austrian social democratic politician
  • Albin Swoboda Jr. (1883-1970), German operatic bass-baritone
  • Albin August Heinrich Emil Swoboda (1836-1901), Austrian operatic tenor, actor, and opera director
  • Rudolf Swoboda (1859-1914), 19th century Austrian painter

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  2. Filby, P. William, Meyer, Mary K., Passenger and immigration lists index : a guide to published arrival records of about 500,000 passengers who came to the United States and Canada in the seventeenth, eighteenth, and nineteenth centuries. 1982-1985 Cumulated Supplements in Four Volumes Detroit, Mich. : Gale Research Co., 1985, Print (ISBN 0-8103-1795-8) on Facebook