Explore the Family Name Swartz

The meaning of Swartz

1. Americanized form of German and Jewish (Ashkenazic) Schwartz or Schwarz ‘dark, black’, and of their Slavicized forms Švarc (Czech, Slovak, Slovenian, and Croatian) and Szwarc (Polish). 2. Dutch: variant of Swarts.

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How common is the last name Swartz in the United States?

Based on the Decennial U.S. Census, the popularity of the surname Swartz experienced a slight decline between 2000 and 2010. The rank of this surname dropped from 1276 to 1393, indicating a decrease by 9.17 percent. Although the rank fell, the actual count of individuals with the Swartz surname increased slightly from 25,307 in 2000 to 25,444 in 2010, resulting in a growth of 0.54 percent. However, the proportion per 100,000 population declined by 8.0 percent.

Proportion per 100k9.388.63-8%

Race and Ethnicity of people with the last name Swartz

When considering the ethnicity of individuals with the Swartz surname, the Decennial U.S. Census data shows interesting shifts between 2000 and 2010. The majority of individuals identifying as Swartz were White, though this percentage decreased slightly from 96.31 percent in 2000 to 95.26 percent in 2010. A significant rise occurred within the Hispanic identity, increasing by 49.21 percent over the decade. Those identifying as Asian/Pacific Islander and American Indian and Alaskan Native also saw increases of 20.41 percent and 25.71 percent respectively, while the Black identity saw a modest increase of 8.16 percent. Those reporting two or more races grew by 16.22 percent.

Two or More Races1.11%1.29%16.22%
Asian/Pacific Islander0.49%0.59%20.41%
American Indian and Alaskan Native0.35%0.44%25.71%

Swartz ancestry composition

23andMe computes an ancestry breakdown for each customer. People may have ancestry from just one population or they may have ancestry from several populations. The most commonly-observed ancestry found in people with the surname Swartz is British & Irish, which comprises 34.9% of all ancestry found in people with the surname. The next two most common ancestries are French & German (32.9%) and Ashkenazi Jewish (11.2%). Additional ancestries include Eastern European, Scandinavian, Italian, Spanish & Portuguese, and Indigenous American.

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British & Irish34.9%
French & German32.9%
Ashkenazi Jewish11.2%

Possible origins of the surname Swartz

Your DNA provides clues about where your recent ancestors may have lived. Having many distant relatives in the same location suggests that you may all share common ancestry there. Locations with many distant relatives can also be places where people have migrated recently, such as large cities. If a large number of individuals who share your surname have distant relatives in a specific area, it could indicate a connection between your surname and that location, stemming from either recent ancestral ties or migration.

Based on 23andMe data, people with last name Swartz have recent ancestry locations in United Kingdom and Ireland.

RECENT ANCESTRY LocationPercentage
Glasgow City, United Kingdom74.80%
Greater London, United Kingdom74.80%
Merseyside, United Kingdom74.50%
Greater Manchester, United Kingdom74.30%
West Midlands, United Kingdom74.30%

What Swartz haplogroups can tell you

Haplogroups are genetic population groups that share a common ancestor on either your paternal or maternal line. These paternal and maternal haplogroups shed light on your genetic ancestry and help tell the story of your family.

The top paternal haplogroup of people with the surname Swartz is R-CTS3402, which is predominantly found among people with European ancestry. Haplogroup R-CTS3402 is descended from haplogroup R-M420. Other common haplogroups include R-CTS241 and E-V13, which are predominantly found among people with European and European ancestry. Other surnames with similar common haplogroups are: Kramer, Mueller, Schmidt, Schneider, Kaiser, Meyers, Hoffman, Schroeder, Wolf, Schultz.

The most common maternal haplogroups of people with Swartz surname are: H1, T2b, H. These most commonly trace back to individuals of European ancestry.

swartzPaternal Haplogroup Origins R-M420

Your maternal lineage may be linked to Marie Antoinette

Because it is so dominant in the general European population, haplogroup H also appears quite frequently in the continent's royal houses. Marie Antoinette, an Austrian Hapsburg who married into the French royal family, inherited the haplogroup from her maternal ancestors. So did Prince Philip, Duke of Edinburgh, whose recorded genealogy traces his female line to Bavaria. Scientists also discovered that famed 16th century astronomer Nicolaus Copernicus traced his maternal lineages to haplogroup H.

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What do people with the surname Swartz have in common?

Spoiler alert: it's complicated. People with the same last name are usually no more genetically similar than a randomly sampled group of people from the same population. That said, people with the same surname are more likely to have similar ancestries than randomly sampled individuals. The reason is the tendency of people with similar cultural or geographical backgrounds to preferentially mate with one another. That's why people who share a surname may be more likely to share traits and tendencies in common than people within the general population. Check out the percentages below to see the prevalences of tastes, habits, and traits of people with your surname compared with prevalences among 23andMe users.



Chocolate Ice Cream

Prefers chocolate flavored ice cream over other flavors.

"Swartz" Surname 47.1%

23andMe Users 41.3%




When sounds made by others, like the sound of chewing or yawning, provoke strong emotional reactions in an individual.

"Swartz" Surname 24.6%

23andMe Users 27.9%



Sugary Drink

Drinks one or more sugary drinks per day.

"Swartz" Surname 21.0%

23andMe Users 21.1%



Cat Allergy

An allergic reaction to cats, characterized by symptoms such as sneezing, itching, and difficulty breathing.

"Swartz" Surname 36.1%

23andMe Users 36.7%

Are health conditions linked to the last name Swartz?

The short answer is that, if there is an association between surname and health, it's usually more about your ancestry than your name. Individuals with a given surname are no more genetically similar than the general population but often have similar ancestries. The populations of people associated with those shared ancestries often have sets of genetic variations, also known as alleles, in common. Some of those alleles are associated with a greater likelihood of developing certain diseases.

Disease variant frequency by ancestry

Disease allele frequencies in populations associated with the surname Swartz are shown below. Important Note: not everyone with a disease allele will develop these health condition

Age-Related Macular Degeneration

Y402H variant

Age-related macular degeneration (AMD) is the most common cause of irreversible vision loss among older adults. The disease results in damage to the central part of the retina (the macula), impairing vision needed for reading, driving, or even recognizing faces. The 23andMe Health + Ancestry DNA test includes the two most common variants associated with an increased risk of developing the condition: the Y402H variant in the CFH gene and the A69S variant in the ARMS2 gene. Learn more about Age-Related Macular Degeneration

British & Irish 62.1%

23andMe Users 57.2%