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Schwemmer Name Meaning

occupational name for someone who floated logs downstream from the forests where they were felled, from an agent derivative of Middle High German swemmen, causative of swimmen ‘to float or swim’. topographic name from Middle High German swem(me), denoting a deep ford where horses had to swim across (from the same word as in 1).

Source: Dictionary of American Family Names ©2013, Oxford University Press

Similar surnames: Schwimmer, Schlemmer, Schleimer, Schweiger, Schwegler, Schieber

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Where is the Schwemmer family from?

You can see how Schwemmer families moved over time by selecting different census years. The Schwemmer family name was found in the USA, the UK, and Canada between 1880 and 1920. The most Schwemmer families were found in the USA in 1920. In 1880 there were 15 Schwemmer families living in Pennsylvania. This was about 52% of all the recorded Schwemmer's in the USA. Pennsylvania had the highest population of Schwemmer families in 1880.
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What did your Schwemmer ancestors do for a living?

In 1940, Laborer and Stenographer were the top reported jobs for men and women in the US named Schwemmer. 29% of Schwemmer men worked as a Laborer and 60% of Schwemmer women worked as a Stenographer. Some less common occupations for Americans named Schwemmer were Proprietor and Housekeeper.

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*We display top occupations by gender to maintain their historical accuracy during times when men and women often performed different jobs.

Top Male Occupations in 1940

  • Laborer
  • Farmer
  • Salesman
  • Proprietor

Top Female Occupations in 1940

  • Stenographer
  • Housekeeper
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Passenger Lists

There are 509 immigration records available for the last name Schwemmer. Passenger lists are your ticket to knowing when your ancestors arrived in the USA, and how they made the journey - from the ship name to ports of arrival and departure.

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Draft Cards

There are 1,000 military records available for the last name Schwemmer. For the veterans among your Schwemmer ancestors, military collections provide insights into where and when they served, and even physical descriptions.

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What is the average Schwemmer lifespan?

Between 1962 and 2004, in the United States, Schwemmer life expectancy was at its lowest point in 1988, and highest in 1999. The average life expectancy for Schwemmer in 1962 was 51, and 80 in 2004.

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