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Re: meaning of schweitzer name
Posted by: Bill Schweitzer Date: June 05, 2001 at 00:03:59
In Reply to: Re: meaning of schweitzer name by Richard Schweitzer of 588

It's very common to see the name Switzer in Switzerland. When pronounced in Swiss, there is a sort of soft ch sound and the i is pronounced somewhat like a short i in English. In German the "ch" is required before a w. The only words you will find in a German dictionary that begin with Sw are those borrowed from other languages. You would not see Schwitzer because Schwitzen is "to sweat" in German, so Schwitzer would be translated as "one who sweats" or something like that. Germany is very officious regarding the spelling of names and actually control what is allowed or proper. Schweitzer would be the proper German spelling. The ch is pronounced much as it is in English and the "ei" is pronounced like a long i in English. Note that a lot of Schweitzer's immigrated into the Alsace region of what is France today and that the Alsatians speak a language or dialect that is very close to German but a bit softer sounding - probably the French influence.

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