BLACK - Name Meaning & Origin

As you might expect, the Black surname generally relates to the color black:

  1. Black is most commonly a descriptive surname meaning "one who was black haired or dark complexioned."
  2. Black can also be an occupational surname given to or adopted by a cloth dyer who specialized in black dyes.

The surnames SCHWARTZ, SCHWARZ and other variants are the German equivalents of the Black surname.

BLACK is the 149th most popular surname in the United States.

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Famous People with the Surname Black

Genealogy Resources for the Surname Black

  • The BLACK Surname DNA Project: Connect with others using DNA to help trace the origins of their BLACK family, including variants such as Blacke, Blackett, Blackham, Blackie, Blacklock, Blackman, Blackmon, Blackmore, Blackshaw, Blackwell, Blackwood, Blagg, Blake, Blakeley, Blakeman, Blakiston, Blanc, Bleach, Bluck, Duff, Schwartz, Swartz and Swarz.
  • Black Family Genealogy Forum: Search this popular genealogy forum for the Black surname to find others who might be researching your ancestors, or post your own Black surname query.
  • FamilySearch - BLACK Genealogy: Find records, queries, and lineage-linked family trees posted for the Black surname and its variations.
  • BLACK Surname & Family Mailing Lists: RootsWeb hosts several free mailing lists for researchers of the Black surname.
  • Cousin Connect - BLACK Genealogy Queries: Read or post genealogy queries for the surname Black, and sign up for free notification when new Black queries are added.
  • - BLACK Genealogy & Family History: Free databases and genealogy links for the last name Black.


  • Cottle, Basil. Penguin Dictionary of Surnames. Baltimore, MD: Penguin Books, 1967.
  • Menk, Lars. A Dictionary of German Jewish Surnames. Avotaynu, 2005.
  • Beider, Alexander. A Dictionary of Jewish Surnames from Galicia. Avotaynu, 2004.
  • Hanks, Patrick, and Flavia Hodges. A Dictionary of Surnames. Oxford University Press, 1989.
  • Hanks, Patrick. Dictionary of American Family Names. Oxford University Press, 2003.
  • Smith, Elsdon C. American Surnames. Genealogical Publishing Company, 1997.
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