Schwartz History, Family Crest & Coats of Arms

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."

Early Origins of the Schwartz family

The surname Schwartz was 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.

Early History of the Schwartz family

This web page shows only a small excerpt of our Schwartz research. Another 158 words (11 lines of text) covering the years 1801, 1710, 1858, 1867, 1487, 1487, 1487, 1621, 1638, 1530 and 1602 are included under the topic Early Schwartz History in all our PDF Extended History products and printed products wherever possible.

Schwartz Spelling Variations

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

Early Notables of the Schwartz family (pre 1700)

Notable members of the surname Schwartz in this period were Martin Schwartz (died 1487), Captain of mercenaries, who was chosen leader of the band of two thousand Germans which Margaret, dowager duchess of Burgundy, sent over from the Low Countries to aid Lambert Simnel in 1487. "The little army which Schwartz commanded was joined by a number of Irish under Thomas Fitzgerald (not, as is sometimes stated, the Earl of Kildare). On 8 May Henry VII settled down to await them at Kenilworth. Schwartz and his friends...
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United States Schwartz migration to the United States +

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 [1]
  • Abraham Schwartz went to Philadelphia in 1727
  • Abraham Schwartz, who arrived in Pennsylvania in 1727 [1]
  • Andreas Schwartz, who arrived in Pennsylvania in 1727 [1]
  • ... (More are available in all our PDF Extended History products and printed products wherever possible.)
Schwartz Settlers in United States in the 19th Century
  • William Schwartz, aged 18, who landed in New York in 1805 [1]
  • Christian Schwartz, who arrived in Allegany (Allegheny) County, Pennsylvania in 1823 [1]
  • Johannes Schwartz, who landed in North America in 1832-1849 [1]
  • Theodore Schwartz, aged 26, who arrived in Philadelphia, Pennsylvania in 1836 [1]
  • Jos Schwartz, who arrived in America in 1844 [1]
  • ... (More are available in all our PDF Extended History products and printed products wherever possible.)

Canada Schwartz migration to Canada +

Some of the first settlers of this family name were:

Schwartz Settlers in Canada in the 18th Century
  • Otho William Schwartz, who landed in Nova Scotia in 1749
  • William Schwartz, who arrived in Halifax, Nova Scotia in 1749-1752
  • Sophia Schwartz, who arrived in Nova Scotia in 1757
  • Johannes 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

Australia Schwartz migration to Australia +

Emigration to Australia followed the First Fleets of convicts, tradespeople and early settlers. Early immigrants include:

Schwartz Settlers in Australia in the 19th Century
  • Wm. Schwartz, who arrived in South Australia in 1848 aboard the ship "Alfred" [2]
  • H. Schwartz, aged 27, a farmer, who arrived in South Australia in 1848 aboard the ship "Alfred" [2]

New Zealand Schwartz migration to New Zealand +

Emigration to New Zealand followed in the footsteps of the European explorers, such as Captain Cook (1769-70): first came sealers, whalers, missionaries, and traders. By 1838, the British New Zealand Company had begun buying land from the Maori tribes, and selling it to settlers, and, after the Treaty of Waitangi in 1840, many British families set out on the arduous six month journey from Britain to Aotearoa to start a new life. Early immigrants include:

Schwartz Settlers in New Zealand in the 19th Century
  • Mr. Jacob Schwartz, (b. 1819), aged 44, German butcher, from Germany travelling from London aboard the ship "Sebastopol" arriving in Lyttelton, Christchurch, South Island, New Zealand on 21st May 1863 [3]
  • Miss Barbara Schwartz, (b. 1844), aged 19, German domestic servant, from Germany travelling from London aboard the ship "Sebastopol" arriving in Lyttelton, Christchurch, South Island, New Zealand on 21st May 1863 [3]
  • Miss Henrietta Schwartz, (b. 1846), aged 17, German domestic servant, from Germany travelling from London aboard the ship "Sebastopol" arriving in Lyttelton, Christchurch, South Island, New Zealand on 21st May 1863 [3]
  • Mr. Isidore Schwartz, (b. 1845), aged 20, German farm labourer from Germany travelling from London aboard the ship "Tudor" arriving in Lyttelton, Christchurch, South Island, New Zealand on 24th September 1865 [3]
  • Miss Elizabeth Schwartz, (b. 1854), aged 12, British settler travelling from London aboard the ship 'Mermaid' arriving in Lyttelton, Christchurch, South Island, New Zealand on 5th January 1867 [4]
  • ... (More are available in all our PDF Extended History products and printed products wherever possible.)

Contemporary Notables of the name Schwartz (post 1700) +

  • Elliott Schwartz (1936-2016), American composer, Beckwith Professor Emeritus of music at Bowdoin College
  • Frederic David Schwartz (1951-2014), American architect, author, and city planner whose work includes "Empty Sky" and the New Jersey 9-11 Memorial, awarded the Rome Prize (1985)
  • Anna Jacobson Schwartz (1915-2012), American economist at the National Bureau of Economic Research, New York City
  • Bernard Schwartz (1925-2010), birth name of Tony Curtis, American Academy Award nominated, two-time Golden Globe Award winning comedic film actor
  • 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
  • Lloyd Schwartz (b. 1941), American journalist who was awarded the Pulitzer Prize for Criticism in 1994 for his work with The Boston Phoenix
  • Arthur Schwartz (1900-1984), American composer
  • Delmore Schwartz (1913-1966), American poet and critic, regarded as one of the most gifted writers of his generation
  • Stephen Schwartz (b. 1948), American composer and lyricist
  • Melvin Schwartz (1932-2006), American physicist co-winner of the 1988 Nobel Prize in Physics
  • ... (Another 4 notables are available in all our PDF Extended History products and printed products wherever possible.)

Bismarck
  • Alfred Schwartz (1920-1941), German Maschinenobergefreiter who served aboard the German Battleship Bismarck during World War II when it was sunk heading to France; he died in the sinking [5]
Flight 191
  • M Schwartz, American passenger from USA, who flew aboard American Airlines Flight 191 and died in the crash [6]
  • B Schwartz, American passenger from USA, who flew aboard American Airlines Flight 191 and died in the crash [6]


Suggested Readings for the name Schwartz +

  • 203 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.

  1. ^ Filby, P. William, Meyer, Mary K., Passenger and immigration lists index : a guide to published arrival records of about 500,000 passengers who came to the United States and Canada in the seventeenth, eighteenth, and nineteenth centuries. 1982-1985 Cumulated Supplements in Four Volumes Detroit, Mich. : Gale Research Co., 1985, Print (ISBN 0-8103-1795-8)
  2. ^ State Records of South Australia. (Retrieved 2010, November 5) ALFRED 1848. Retrieved from http://www.slsa.sa.gov.au/BSA/1848Alfred.htm
  3. ^ New Zealand Yesteryears Passenger Lists 1800 to 1900 (Retrieved 26th March 2019). Retrieved from http://www.yesteryears.co.nz/shipping/passlist.html
  4. ^ New Zealand Yesteryears Passenger Lists 1800 to 1900 (Retrieved 17th October 2018). Retrieved from http://www.yesteryears.co.nz/shipping/passlist.html
  5. ^ Bismarck & Tirpitz Class - Crew List Bismarck. (Retrieved 2018, February 06). Retrieved from https://www.bismarck-class.dk/bismarck/crew/bismarck_crew.html#crew_details
  6. ^ Flight 191's Victims - latimes. (Retrieved 2014, April 16) . Retrieved from http://articles.latimes.com/1985-08-04/news/mn-4349_1_fort-lauderdale-area


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