Sawatzky (Sawatzki, Sawadsky, Sabatzke) family

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Sawatzky, a Mennonite family name of Slavic origin, originated among the Prussian Mennonites and is found in the church records of Tiegenhagen, Ladekopp, Rosenort, Fürstenwerder and Elbing. As of 1959 there was no information available as to when it first appeared among the Mennonites. The Dutch [[Naamlijst der tegenwoordig in dienst zijnde predikanten der Mennoniten in de Vereenigde Nederlanden|Naamlijst]] lists Han Sawatzky as being a preacher in the Elbing district of the Marienwerder (Frisian) Mennonite congregation. From Prussia the name spread first to Russia and later to North and South America.

Franz Sawatzky, a pioneer General Conference Mennonite Church (GCM) minister at Herbert, Saskatchewan, his son Jacob F. Sawatzky of Newton, Kansas, and his grandson, Victor Sawatzky of Pawnee Rock, Kansas, were all representatives of the Sawatzky family that came to Canada from Russia in 1874. J. G. Rempel in his Konferenzbestrebungen also lists A. Sawatzky, F. Sawatzky, J. J. Sawatzky, and G. W. Sawatzky as serving as GCM ministers in Canada. Some descendants of Abr. A. Sawatzky of Schönfeld, Russia are now located in Ontario. Peter C. Sawatzky was the principal of United Mennonite Educational Institute, Leamington, Ontario; Jacob Sawatzky of Hague, Saskatchewan was the chairman of the Board of Rosthern Junior College, Rosthern, Saskatchewan; Peter G. Sawatzky was a minister of the Mayfair Mennonite (GCM) Church in Saskatoon.


Naamlijst der tegenwoordig in dienst zijnde predikanten der Mennoniten in de vereenigde Nederlanden. Amsterdam, 1742.

Reimer, Gustav E. Die Familiennamen der westpreussischen Mennoniten. Weierhof, 1940.

Rempel, J. G. Fünfzig Jahre Konferenzbestrebungen. Steinbach, MB, 1952.

Author(s) Cornelius Krahn
Date Published 1959

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Adapted by permission of Herald Press, Harrisonburg, Virginia, from Mennonite Encyclopedia, Vol. 4, p. 435. All rights reserved.

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