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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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The surname Swarz 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.

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


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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 and printed products wherever possible.

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Notable members of the surname Swarz in this period were Sibylle Schwarz (1621-1638), daughter of the mayor of Greifswald in Pomerania, who was a much loved poetess...

Another 27 words (2 lines of text) are included under the topic Early Swarz Notables in all our PDF Extended History products and printed products wherever possible.

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Some of the first settlers of this family name were:

Swarz Settlers in 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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    Other References

    1. Filby, P. William and Mary K Meyer. Passenger and Immigration Lists Index in Four Volumes. Detroit: Gale Research, 1985. Print. (ISBN 0-8103-1795-8).
    2. Götze, Alfred. Familiennamen im badischen Oberland. Heidelberg: C. Winter, 1918. Print.
    3. Matthews, John. Matthews' American Armoury and Blue Book. London: John Matthews, 1911. Print.
    4. Bentley, Elizabeth P. Passenger Arrivals at the Port of New York 1820-1829. Baltimore, Maryland: Genealogical Publishing Co., 1999. Print.
    5. Zoder, Rudolf. Familiennamen in Ostfalen. Hildesheim: Geog Olms Verlagsbuchhandlung, 1968. Print.
    6. Strassburger, Ralph B. German Pioneers The Original Lists of Arrivals in the Port of Philadelphia 3 Volumes. Baltimore: Picton Press, 1992. Print. (ISBN 978-0929539980).
    7. Kapff, Rudolf. Schwäbische Geschlechtsnamen. Stuttgart: Verlag Silberburg, 1927. Print.
    8. Jones, Henry Z. Palatine Families of New York 2 Volumes. Rockland, ME: Picton Press, 2001. Print. (ISBN 978-0961388829).
    9. Bahlow, Hans. Abhandlungen zur Namenforschung und Buchgeschichte. 1980. Print. (ISBN 978-3768690522).
    10. Hanks, Patricia and Flavia Hodges. A Dictionary of Surnames. Oxford: Oxford University Press, 1988. Print. (ISBN 0-19-211592-8).
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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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