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Schwer Name Meaning

South German: relationship name from Middle High German sweher swēr ‘father-in-law’. Compare Schwager and Schwehr . German: variant of Schweder German: nickname from Middle High German swær ‘painful unpleasant troublesome; sad sorrowful; weighty heavy’. Jewish (Ashkenazic): nickname from German schwer ‘heavy’.

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


Similar surnames: Scher, Schwery, Scheer, Schwed, Schorr, Scholer, Schur, Schwier

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Where is the Schwer family from?

You can see how Schwer families moved over time by selecting different census years. The Schwer family name was found in the USA, the UK, and Scotland between 1840 and 1920. The most Schwer families were found in USA in 1920. In 1840 there were 2 Schwer families living in Pennsylvania. This was 100% of all the recorded Schwer's in USA. Pennsylvania had the highest population of Schwer families in 1840.
Use census records and voter lists to see where families with the Schwer surname lived. Within census records, you can often find information like name of household members, ages, birthplaces, residences, and occupations.

What did your Schwer ancestors do for a living?

In 1940, Farmer and Housework were the top reported jobs for men and women in the USA named Schwer. 21% of Schwer men worked as a Farmer and 34% of Schwer women worked as a Housework. Some less common occupations for Americans named Schwer were Salesman and Packer. .

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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

  • Farmer
    21%
  • Laborer
    11%
  • Clerk
    10%
  • Salesman
    10%

Top Female Occupations In 1940

  • Housework
    34%
  • Clerk
    34%
  • Packer
    34%
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Census Records

There are 4,000 census records available for the last name Schwer. Like a window into their day-to-day life, Schwer census records can tell you where and how your ancestors worked, their level of education, veteran status, and more.

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Passenger Lists

There are 838 immigration records available for the last name Schwer. 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 19,000 military records available for the last name Schwer. For the veterans among your Schwer ancestors, military collections provide insights into where and when they served, and even physical descriptions.

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What is the average Schwer lifespan?

Between 1958 and 2004, in the United States, Schwer life expectancy was at its lowest point in 1958, and highest in 2000. The average life expectancy for Schwer in 1958 was 57, and 61 in 2004.

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