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Where did the German Merman family come from? What is the German Merman family crest and coat of arms? When did the Merman family first arrive in the United States? Where did the various branches of the family go? What is the Merman family history?

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Spelling variations of this family name include: Mersmann, Mermann, Merman, Mersman, Merssman, Merssmann, Merrman, Mersaman, Merseman, Murman, Mirrman, Mirmann, Murrman, Murmann, Myrmann and many more.

First found in Bavaria, where the name Mersmann was anciently associated with the tribal conflicts of the area. They declared allegiances to many nobles and princes of early history, lending their influence in struggles for power and status within the region. They branched into many houses, and their contributions were sought by many leaders in their search for power.


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This web page shows only a small excerpt of our Merman research. Another 199 words(14 lines of text) are included under the topic Early Merman History in all our PDF Extended History products.

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More information is included under the topic Early Merman Notables in all our PDF Extended History products.

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Some of the first settlers of this family name were:

Merman Settlers in United States in the 19th Century


  • John George Merman, who arrived in Baltimore in 1830
  • Rosine Merman, who settled in Baltimore in 1830
  • John Fredk Merman, who arrived in Baltimore in 1830
  • John Merman, who arrived in Baltimore in 1830
  • Esta Merman, who settled in Baltimore in 1830


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  • Ethel Merman (1908-1984), American actress and singer


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  1. 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).
  2. Strassburger, Ralph B. Pennsylvania German Pioneers The Original Lists of Arrivals in the Port of Philadelphia 3 Volumes. Baltimore: Picton Press, 1992. Print. (ISBN 978-0929539980).
  3. Preuss, Otto. Die Lippischen Familiennamen mit Berücksichtigung der Ortsnamen. Detmold: Meyer'sche Hofbuchh, 1887. Print.
  4. Egle, William Henry. Pennsylvania Genealogies Scotch-Irish and German. Harrisburg: L.S. Hart, 1886. Print.
  5. Crozier, William Armstrong Edition. Crozier's General Armory A Registry of American Families Entitled to Coat Armor. New York: Fox, Duffield, 1904. Print.
  6. Fogleman, Aaron Spencer. Journeys German Immigration, Settlement and Political Culture in Colonial America 1717-1775. Philadelphia: University of Pennsylvania Press, 1986. Print. (ISBN 978-0812215489).
  7. Jones, Henry Z. Palatine Families of New York 2 Volumes. Rockland, ME: Picton Press, 2001. Print. (ISBN 978-0961388829).
  8. Bahlow, Hans. Deutschlands geographische Namenwelt Etymologisches Lexikon der Fluss- und Ortsnamen alteuropaischer Herkunft. Frankfurt: Suhrkamp, 1985. Print.
  9. Gottschald, Max. Deutsche Namenkunde unsere Familiennamen nach ihrer Entstehung und Bedeutung. München: J.F. Lehmanns Verlag, 1932. Print.
  10. Rolland, and H.V. Rolland. Illustrations to the Armorial general by J. B. Rietstap 6 volumes in 3. Baltimore: Heraldic Book Company, 1976. Print.
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The Merman Family Crest was acquired from the Houseofnames.com archives. The Merman 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 26 May 2011 at 11:07.

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