The literal German Translation of Schweitzer (or Schweizer) is "Swiss" and can be applied equally to people, objects or places. Both spellings are found in Switzerland, Germany and Austria. The name is quite common in Switzerland particularly in the Bernese Oberland (where my family comes from)and the commonest spelling in Switzerland is without the t. The Correct phonetic pronounciation is SHVITSUR. The name does not mean Swine Herder at all, although some Germans find it amusing to use the name in a derogatory way to describe a country person or Dairy farmer (which does not amuse the Swiss!!!) Many immigrants to the U.S. changed the spelling to Switzer because of the difficulty others had in pronouncing the name. Anyone who can trace their Schweizer ancestry back to Lutzelfluh or Reutenen is welcome to contact me for more info.