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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."

Schwarzkopf Early Origins



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.

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Schwarzkopf Spelling Variations


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Schwarzkopf Spelling Variations



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

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Schwarzkopf Early History


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Schwarzkopf Early History



This web page shows only a small excerpt of our Schwarzkopf research. Another 356 words (25 lines of text) covering the years 1637, 1792, and 1858 are included under the topic Early Schwarzkopf History in all our PDF Extended History products and printed products wherever possible.

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Schwarzkopf Early Notables (pre 1700)


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Schwarzkopf Early Notables (pre 1700)



Another 26 words (2 lines of text) are included under the topic Early Schwarzkopf Notables in all our PDF Extended History products and printed products wherever possible.

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The Great Migration


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The Great Migration



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
  • Frederick Schwarzkopf, aged 21, landed in New York, NY in 1875

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Contemporary Notables of the name Schwarzkopf (post 1700)


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Contemporary Notables of the name Schwarzkopf (post 1700)



  • Kristina Schwarzkopf, American Democrat politician, Alternate Delegate to Democratic National Convention from Ohio, 2008
  • 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
  • General Norman Schwarzkopf (b. 1934), whose forefathers emigrated from the town Pfedelbach, which lies in the Hohenloher region between Heilbronn and Schwaebisch Hall, to America in 1865. He was commander of Operation Desert Storm during the 1991 war with Iraq, and was subsequently knighted by the Queen of England
  • Klaus Schwarzkopf (1922-1991), German actor
  • Anton Schwarzkopf (1924-2001), German roller coaster engineer
  • Elisabeth Elisabeth Schwarzkopf DBE (b. 1915), German-born Austrian/British opera singer and recitalist, considered to be one of the great soprano singers of her generation

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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.


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Citations


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Citations



    Other References

    1. Garland, Mary and Henry Garland Editions. Oxford Companion To German Literature 3rd Edition. Oxford: Oxford University Press, 1997. Print. (ISBN 0198158963).
    2. Steed, Henry Wickham . The Hapsburg Monarchy. London: Constable and Company, 1919. Print.
    3. Bolton, Charles Knowles. Bolton's American Armory. Baltimore: Heraldic Book Company, 1964. Print.
    4. Passenger Lists of Vessels Arriving at Galveston Texas 1896-1951. National Archives Washington DC. Print.
    5. Kapff, Rudolf. Schwäbische Geschlechtsnamen. Stuttgart: Verlag Silberburg, 1927. Print.
    6. Göbel, Otto. Niederdeutsche Familiennamen der Gegenwart Wolfshagen-Schäbentz. Franz: Westphal, 1936. Print.
    7. Zoder, Rudolf. Familiennamen in Ostfalen. Hildesheim: Geog Olms Verlagsbuchhandlung, 1968. Print.
    8. Best, Hugh. Debrett's Texas Peerage. New York: Coward-McCann, 1983. Print. (ISBN 069811244X).
    9. Kneschke, Dr. Ernest Heinrich. Neues allgemeines Deutsches Adels-Lexicon 9 Volumes New General German Aristocracy Lexicon. Leipzig: Friedrich Voigt, 1859. Print.
    10. Bahlow, Hans (Edda Gentry trns). Dictionary of German Names . Madison, Wisconsin: Max Kade Institute, 2002. Print. (ISBN 0-924119-35-7).
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    The Schwarzkopf Family Crest was acquired from the Houseofnames.com archives. The Schwarzkopf 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.

    This page was last modified on 13 October 2015 at 11:38.

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