While living in Europe I had a friend who knew the historian for the town of Stein Am Rhine, Switzerland. Once a week this octogenarian would broadcast a radio show on the history of names. As fate would have it my friend paid a visit on the week this gentleman (name unknown) was preparing the history of the name Schwerdtfeger. As best I can recall the following is his summation. The name first appears in Tubingen, Bavaria in the 14th Century. Feger at that time meant artist. He therefore concluded Schwerdtfeger translated to Sword Artist. For reasons unbeknownst to me he also stated Schwerdtfeger was permitted fire in his home (hut?) presumably heating the swords for malleability. My end of the family comes from Hamburg Germany for at least 3 or 4 generations before my father immigrated to the United States. He his father and grandfather all sailed the North Sea, I was the first to walk on the bottom.