Type Surname (from nickname)
Other Forms FormsSwitzer
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Contributor Contrib.babycrookston on 10/1/2013
Either (i) from the medieval nickname Swetesire (literally "sweet sir, amiable master"), applied sarcastically either to someone who used the expression liberally as a form of address or to someone with a de-haut-en-bas manner; or (ii) an anglicization of Schweitzer (from Middle High German swīzer "Swiss person").