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Where did the German Schwartz family come from? What is the German Schwartz family crest and coat of arms? When did the Schwartz family first arrive in the United States? Where did the various branches of the family go? What is the Schwartz 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 Schwartz. It is derived from the low German word "Schwarze," which means "black," or "swarthy."


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.


This web page shows only a small excerpt of our Schwartz 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 Schwartz History in all our PDF Extended History products.


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


Some of the first settlers of this family name were:

Schwartz Settlers in United States in the 18th Century

  • Elizabeth Schwartz, who arrived in America with her four children in 1709
  • Jacob Schwartz, who landed in New York in 1709
  • Abraham Schwartz went to Philadelphia in 1727
  • Abraham Schwartz, who arrived in Pennsylvania in 1727
  • Andreas Schwartz, who arrived in Pennsylvania in 1727

Schwartz Settlers in United States in the 19th Century

  • William Schwartz, aged 18, landed in New York in 1805
  • Christian Schwartz, who arrived in Allegany (Allegheny) County, Pennsylvania in 1823
  • Johannes Schwartz, who landed in North America in 1832-1849
  • Theodore Schwartz, aged 26, arrived in Philadelphia, Pennsylvania in 1836
  • Jos Schwartz, who arrived in America in 1844

Schwartz Settlers in Canada in the 18th Century

  • Otho William Schwartz, who landed in Nova Scotia in 1749
  • Sophia Schwartz, who arrived in Nova Scotia in 1757
  • Margereta Schwartz, who arrived in Nova Scotia in 1757

Schwartz Settlers in Canada in the 19th Century

  • Johan Schwartz, who arrived in Manitoba in 1874

Schwartz Settlers in Australia in the 19th Century

  • H. Schwartz, aged 27, a farmer, arrived in South Australia in 1848 aboard the ship "Alfred"

Schwartz Settlers in New Zealand in the 19th Century

  • George Schwartz arrived in Wellington, New Zealand aboard the ship "Lanarkshire" in 1878


  • Delmore Schwartz (1913-1966), American poet and critic, regarded as one of the most gifted writers of his generation
  • Arthur Schwartz (1900-1984), American composer
  • Bernard Schwartz (1925-2010), original name of Tony Curtis, American Academy Award nominated, two-time Golden Globe Award winning comedic film actor
  • Jack Schwartz (b. 1930), American mathematician & computer scientist
  • Jeffrey M. Schwartz, American neuroscientist
  • Melvin Schwartz (1932-2006), American physicist co-winner of the 1988 Nobel Prize in Physics
  • Stephen Schwartz (b. 1948), American composer and lyricist
  • Lloyd Schwartz (b. 1941), American journalist who was awarded the Pulitzer Prize for Criticism in 1994 for his work with The Boston Phoenix
  • Sherwood Charles Schwartz (1916-2011), American television producer and creator of the television series Gilligan's Island on CBS and The Brady Bunch on ABC
  • Anna Jacobson Schwartz (1915-2012), American economist at the National Bureau of Economic Research, New York City



  • The Descendants of Samuel Aaron Schwartz of Monroe County, Ohio by Miriam K. Berlekamp Franhauser.
  • The Schwartz Family of ElPaso: the Story of a Pioneer Jewish Family in the Southwest by Floyd S. Fierman.

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  9. Haverkamp, Alfred. Medieval Germany 1056-1273 2nd edition. Oxford: Oxford University Press, 1988. Print.
  10. Karlsruhe. Badisches Generallandesarchiv Baden Emigration lists 1866-1911. Salt Lake City: Microfilm of Card Index by the Genealogical Society of Utah. Print.
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The Schwartz Family Crest was acquired from the Houseofnames.com archives. The Schwartz 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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