Show ContentsSchwarzkopf History, Family Crest & Coats of Arms

From the historical and enchanting region of Germany emerged a multitude of noble families, including the distinguished Schwarzkopf family. Originally, the German people were known only by a single name. The process by which hereditary surnames were adopted in German is extremely interesting. Surnames evolved during the Middle Ages when people began to assume an extra name to avoid confusion and to further identify themselves. Often they adopted names that were derived from nicknames. Nickname surnames were derived from an eke-name, or added name. They usually reflected the physical characteristics or attributes of the first person that used the name. The name Schwarzkopf is a nickname type of surname for a person with black hair. Looking back further, we find the name Schwarzkopf was originally derived from the Old German words "schwartz," meaning "black," and "kopf," meaning "head."

Early Origins of the Schwarzkopf family

The surname Schwarzkopf was first found in the Saxon province of Altmark, where the name gained a significant reputation for its contribution to the emerging mediaeval society. The oldest branch of the family had its seat at the estate Uenglingen near Stendal as early as 1400. In 1443 they acquired estates in West-Heeren, in 1447 in Wallenrode, and by 1466 they had their seat in the city of Stendal. The family later became more prominent as many branches of the same house acquired distant estates, mainly in the areas of Hessen and Brunswick, always elevating their social status through their contributions in public and military service.

Early History of the Schwarzkopf family

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Schwarzkopf Spelling Variations

Spelling variations of this family name include: Schwarzkopf, Schwartzkopf, Schwarzkopp, Schwartzkopp, Schwarzkoppen, Schwartzkoppen, Schwarzkoff and many more.

Early Notables of the Schwarzkopf family

Prominent bearers of the family name Schwarzkopf at this time were

  • Johann Schwarzkopf, who was Chancellor of the duchy of Brunswick in the early 17th century...

United States Schwarzkopf migration to the United States +

Some of the first settlers of this family name were:

Schwarzkopf Settlers in United States in the 19th Century
  • Anton Schwarzkopf, who arrived in St Clair County, Illinois in 1864 1
  • Frederick Schwarzkopf, aged 21, who landed in New York, NY in 1875 1

Contemporary Notables of the name Schwarzkopf (post 1700) +

  • Herbert Norman Schwarzkopf Jr. (1934-2012), United States Army general, Commander-in-chief, United States Central Command who led all coalition forces in the Gulf War
  • Major General Herbert Norman Schwarzkopf (1895-1958), American first superintendent of the New Jersey State Police, father of General Norman Schwarzkopf Jr, hies forefathers emigrated from the town Pfedelbach, which lies in the Hohenloher region between Heilbronn and Schwaebisch Hall, to America in 1865
  • Kristina Schwarzkopf, American Democratic Party politician, Alternate Delegate to Democratic National Convention from Ohio, 2008 2
  • Edward Schwarzkopf, American Republican politician, Member of University of Nebraska Board of Regents 1st District; Elected 1966; Delegate to Republican National Convention from Nebraska, 1972 2
  • Klaus Schwarzkopf (1922-1991), German actor
  • Joachim von Schwarzkopf (1766-1806), German jurist and historian, who served as a diplomat for the Electorate of Brunswick-Lüneburg
  • Franz Schwarzkopf (b. 1927), German roller coaster designer
  • Anton Schwarzkopf (1924-2001), German engineer of amusement rides, and founder of the Schwarzkopf Industries Company
  • Dame Elisabeth Schwarzkopf DBE (1915-2016), German-born Austrian/British opera singer and recitalist, considered to be one of the great soprano singers of her generation

The Schwarzkopf Motto +

The motto was originally a war cry or slogan. Mottoes first began to be shown with arms in the 14th and 15th centuries, but were not in general use until the 17th century. Thus the oldest coats of arms generally do not include a motto. Mottoes seldom form part of the grant of arms: Under most heraldic authorities, a motto is an optional component of the coat of arms, and can be added to or changed at will; many families have chosen not to display a motto.

Motto: Vitam impendere vero
Motto Translation: To risk one's life for the truth.

  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. The Political Graveyard: Alphabetical Name Index. (Retrieved 2015, October 13) . Retrieved from on Facebook