i think we may be related back to old heinrich in in steinhude
i used to have a silver coin from then and there - the land was then schaumburg-lippe
when i was a little girl my family including my fathers mother went to steinhude, before genealogy was a big deal. the folks were really nice to us and told us everything they knew which was everything. they gave my father the whole lineage, but it got lost in our moves. i do have a picture of the family crest. they said that it was given in return for carrying an important message - a hand with a scroll and roses beneath. i have since heard that a hand can also mean that a person was the right hand man to a king. also of interest perhaps is the meaning of the name - it may come from the word schwager, or its earlier form schweher - brother-in-law.
Further, we were told that the entire family derived from one woman who arrived in the 14th century from one of the small friesian islands with over a dozen children - and they took over the area, steinhude and the lake. when i visited there, it was very funny, for driving down the street, we saw only two names on the businesses - schweer and kuckuck! yes, we were told, the two families....
back to the ancestress - it seems to me from the research i have been doing into history in general, that she may have left a tin y friesian island during an earlier brief "ice age" when the seas got too wild to live on those tiny islands they call "halligen" - so small that there may only be room for one house! . apparently right around that time, one entire largish island disappeared in a single night into the sea, giving rise to stories of divine punishment. i like to think the ancestress was wise and saw the waters rising and decided to leave. perhaps she was well off and could buy land, for at that time trade was brisk in that part of the world, for fish and salt.
thank you confirming for me the importance of the first names
although we are not talking first names but "christian names" - and usually as many as 5. my father and my brother had 5 each.
i find the whole thing so dry if there are no stories about the people and how they lived.
i have been told that my father's lineage for several generations, from the time of harkening back to the hometown, was several generations of genius level men raised by single or widowed mothers, until my father's time. They were inventors and engineers, and my grandfather Wilhelm, i have been told, "invented" or perhaps just calculated liability insurance for lawyers, a new thing then. i have not yet read his work, which i have only recently found published on the web. he was also publisher of the pro-jewish or even jewish magazine "Vorwaerts". he was very well connected, i believe and made a good bit of money, which was then lost through the war.
his son my father dietrich was the head cityplanner of berlin and worked with all the great architects of the day to accomplish that. he also was an advisor to the shah of iran for a decade.
my brother alexander ended our line, much to my father's horror. the lineage meant a great deal to him and to all of the family i met. very proud of it. if you look up the name in germany you will find a preponderance of well educated professional people or successful merchants
all this to say - i have always been told by the family that schweer genes are powerful and intelligent.
at least my line.....
one day i saw an advertisement for vacationing in the friesian isles and there was a picture of a woman in the traditional beautiful lace garb and i had to gulp for a moment i thought it was myself..... blond and round faced...
well, i hope you enjoyed this excursion into my part of our shared line
thanks to your hint that reminded me of that family tradition i shall be looking out for those matching first names.
i remember this moment my father saying that it was ok to give a boy a name not previously in the family, but he should carry at least three or four of them....
karl gustav wilhelm heinrich dietrich johann...... those ones
let me know if you find out anything interesting
if you need something translated i might be able to help.....