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Switzer Name Meaning

English: variant of Sweetser in a spelling reflecting a false association with the English word Switzer ‘Swiss man’. The earliest record of Switzer as an English word denoting a Swiss person is from 1577. It is unlikely that this word independently gave rise to an English surname but it was evidently used to render the German name Schweitzer borne by some of the ‘poor Palatines’ Protestant refugees from southwestern Germany who landed in London in 1709. From there they were shipped to the New World (especially New York) and to Ireland where they were mostly settled in County Limerick. Anglicized or Americanized form of German Schweitzer ‘Swiss man’ or Swiss German Schwyzer a habitational name for someone from the city or canton of Schwyz in Switzerland. It is also found in Ireland (see 1 above).

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


Similar surnames: Sweitzer, Fitzer, Swinger, Spitler, Sitler, Sliter, Schwitzer

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Where is the Switzer family from?

You can see how Switzer families moved over time by selecting different census years. The Switzer family name was found in the USA, the UK, Canada, and Scotland between 1840 and 1920. The most Switzer families were found in USA in 1880. In 1840 there were 52 Switzer families living in Pennsylvania. This was about 25% of all the recorded Switzer's in USA. Pennsylvania had the highest population of Switzer families in 1840.
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What did your Switzer ancestors do for a living?

In 1940, Laborer and Housewife were the top reported jobs for men and women in the USA named Switzer. 15% of Switzer men worked as a Laborer and 11% of Switzer women worked as a Housewife. Some less common occupations for Americans named Switzer were Truck Driver and Housework. .

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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
    15%
  • Farmer
    14%
  • Salesman
    6%
  • Truck Driver
    5%

Top Female Occupations In 1940

  • Housewife
    11%
  • Teacher
    8%
  • Clerk
    7%
  • Housework
    6%
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Census Records

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Passenger Lists

There are 5,000 immigration records available for the last name Switzer. 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 14,000 military records available for the last name Switzer. For the veterans among your Switzer ancestors, military collections provide insights into where and when they served, and even physical descriptions.

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What is the average Switzer lifespan?

Between 1944 and 2004, in the United States, Switzer life expectancy was at its lowest point in 1952, and highest in 2004. The average life expectancy for Switzer in 1944 was 41, and 79 in 2004.

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