When Daniel Neuenschwander was born about 1586, in Eggiwil, Bern, Switzerland, his father, Ulrich Neuenschwander, was 41 and his mother, Barbli Balmer, was 40. He married Anna Kreinbuehl on 17 August 1612, in Signau, Bern, Switzerland.
Swiss German: topographic name denoting someone farming or occupying newly cleared land, from Middle High German niuwe ‘new’ + swant ‘land cleared (of forest)’, or a habitational name for someone from a place called Neuenschwand, near Langnau, Bern canton, Switzerland. This surname is most common in Bern canton. It is also found in Germany, where it is very rare. Compare Neuschwander , Neuschwanger , Neiswander , Nicewander , Nighswander , and Niswander .
History: This surname originates from Bern canton in Switzerland, from Signau district and in the villages of Niederstocken, Höfen, and Lützelflüh, which had long associations with the Mennonites. A Mennonite Peter Neuenschwander had moved with his family to Cortébert in the Jura in 1729, and his grandson Michael Neuenschwander arrived in Wayne County, OH, in 1823. As a surname of Mennonite origin the name Neuenschwander has many variants and cognates in the US (some of them originating from Germany), including Neuschwander, Neuschwanger, Neiswander, Neiswanger, Newswanger, Nicewander, Nighswander, and Niswander; some of these names are now (more) common among the Brethrens.
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