Swem Family History

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Swem Name Meaning

German: Americanized form of Schwemm, a topographic name from Middle High German swem(me), denoting a deep ford where horses had to swim across, from the Middle High German verb swemmen, causative of swimmen ‘to float or swim’.

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

Similar surnames: Siem, Salm, Siek, Swab, Sohm, Sem, Swim, Swee, Teem, Stemm

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Swem Family Origin

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Swem Family Occupations

What did your Swem ancestors do for a living?

In 1880, the most common Swem occupation in the USA was Farmer. 22% of Swem's were Farmers. A less common occupation for the Swem family was R.R. Fireman. Farmer, Carpenter and Painter were the top 3 reported jobs worked by Swem.

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  • Farmer

  • Carpenter

  • Painter

  • R.R. Fireman


Census records can tell you a lot of little known facts about your Swem ancestors, such as occupation. Occupation can tell you about your ancestor's social and economic status.

Swem Historical Records

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Census Record

There are 2,000 census records available for the last name Swem. Like a window into their day-to-day life, Swem census records can tell you where and how your ancestors worked, their level of education, veteran status, and more.

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Passenger List

There are 152 immigration records available for the last name Swem. 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 Card

There are 448 military records available for the last name Swem. For the veterans among your Swem ancestors, military collections provide insights into where and when they served, and even physical descriptions.

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Swem Life Expectancy

What is the average Swem lifespan?

Between 1962 and 2004, in the United States, Swem life expectancy was at its lowest point in 1997, and highest in 1978. The average life expectancy for Swem in 1962 was 55, and 81 in 2004.

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An unusually short lifespan might indicate that your Swem ancestors lived in harsh conditions. A short lifespan might also indicate health problems that were once prevalent in your family. The SSDI is a searchable database of more than 70 million names. You can find birthdates, death dates, addresses and more.

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