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Where did the German Swarz family come from? What is the German Swarz family crest and coat of arms? When did the Swarz family first arrive in the United States? Where did the various branches of the family go? What is the Swarz family history?

Thuringia, which is located between Hessen and Lower Saxony in the west and Saxony in the east, is the noble birthplace of the name Swarz. It is derived from the low German word "Schwarze," which means "black," or "swarthy."

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Spelling variations of this family name include: Schwartz, Swartz, Schwarz, Schwartze, Schwarte and others.

First found in the Thuringian region, where this family name became a prominent contributor to the development of the district from ancient times. Prominent in social affairs, the name became an integral part of that turbulent region as it emerged to form alliances with other families within the Feudal System. Chronicles trace the use of "Schwarz" as a name as far back as the seventh century, when two brothers, "der schwarze und der weisse Ewald," worked as missionaries in Westphalia.


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This web page shows only a small excerpt of our Swarz research. Another 256 words(18 lines of text) covering the years 1530, 1602, 1621, 1638, 1710, 1801, 1858, and 1867 are included under the topic Early Swarz History in all our PDF Extended History products.

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Another 53 words(4 lines of text) are included under the topic Early Swarz Notables in all our PDF Extended History products.

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Some of the first settlers of this family name were:

Swarz Settlers in the United States in the 19th Century


  • Frederick Swarz, who arrived in Mississippi in 1853
  • Wilhelm Swarz, who landed in Ohio in 1886

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  10. Bahlow, Hans. Mecklenburgisches Namenbüchlein Ein Führer durch Mecklenburgs Familiennamen. Rostock: Carl Hinstorffs Verlag, 1932. Print.
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The Swarz Family Crest was acquired from the Houseofnames.com archives. The Swarz Family Crest was drawn according to heraldic standards based on published blazons. We generally include the oldest published family crest once associated with each surname.

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