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Webster's Unabridged Dictionary
noun Switz"er
A native or inhabitant of Switzerland; a Swiss.

Etymology: Cf. G. schweizer. Cf. Swiss


From early New High German Schwytzer (modern High German Schweizer) "a Swiss person", especially "a Swiss soldier or mercenary", a designation adopted in the 16th century, ultimately from the toponym Swīz "Schwyz". More at Swiss.

  1. A surname​.
  2. A native or inhabitant of Switzerland, a Swiss person.
  3. A Swiss Guard.

Notable Persons With the Last Name Switzer

Carl Switzer was an actor, dog breeder, hunting guide, and dog breeding. His career lasted from 1935 to 1935. Carl was given the name Carl Dean Switzer on August 7th, 1927 in Paris, Illinois, U.S. Carl is also known as Alfalfa Switzer. He breathed his last breath on January 21st, 1959.


Ryan Switzer is a football player. Ryan was born on November 4th, 1995.


Kathrine Switzer is a runner and author. Kathrine was born on January 5th, 1947 in Amberg.


Barry was born on October 5th, 1937 in Crossett, Arkansas.


Harold "Slim" Switzer was a child actor. He was most prominent from 1935 to 1940. Harold was given the name Harold Frederick Switzer on January 16th, 1925 in Paris, Illinois. Harold is also known as Slim and Deadpan. He passed away on April 14th, 1967.


Bill Switzer is a voice actor. Bill was given the name William Ashton Switzer on March 28th, 1984 in Vancouver.


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Popularity of Switzer as a last name

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Ethnicity Distribution

Ethnicity Switzer U.S.
  White 90.96% 64.26%
  African American 3.65% 11.96%
  Asian, Hawaiian, and Pacific Islander 0.67% 4.85%
  American Indian and Alaska Native 0.43% 0.69%
  Two or More Ethnicities 1.66% 1.76%
  Hispanic or Latino 2.63% 16.26%

Of Last Name Switzer

People with the last name Switzer are most frequently White

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Fun Facts about the name Switzer

  • How Popular is the name Switzer? As a last name Switzer was the 3,248th most popular name in 2010.
  • When was the first name Switzer first recorded in the United States? The oldest recorded birth by the Social Security Administration for the name Switzer is Monday, September 3rd, 1894.
  • How unique is the name Switzer? From 1880 to 2017 less than 5 people per year have been born with the first name Switzer. Hoorah! You are a unique individual.
  • Weird things about the name Switzer: Your name in reverse order is Reztiws. A random rearrangement of the letters in your name (anagram) will give Tsezwir. How do you pronounce that?
  • How many people have the last name Switzer? In 2010, the U.S. Census Bureau surveyed 11,114 people with the last name Switzer.
  • How likely are you to meet someone with the last name of Switzer? If you manage to meet 100,000 people in your life, chances are that 4 of them will have Switzer as their last name.

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  • U.S. Census Bureau: Frequently Occurring Surnames from the Census 2000 (public domain).
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