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


Spelling variations of this family name include: Merrittstein, Meerheim, Meistersheim, Mercklien, Merklein, Merzstein, Mertzheim, Meirstein, Maerheim, Maerstein, Meerstein and many more.

First found in the Rhineland, where this family was a prominent contributor to the development of the district from ancient times. Always influential in social affairs, the family name became an integral part of that turbulent region as it forged alliances with other families within the region and the nation.


This web page shows only a small excerpt of our Merz research. Another 174 words(12 lines of text) covering the year 1844 is included under the topic Early Merz History in all our PDF Extended History products.


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


Some of the first settlers of this family name were:

Merz Settlers in United States in the 18th Century

  • Anna Margaretha Merz, who landed in Pennsylvania in 1743

Merz Settlers in United States in the 19th Century

  • Goachim Merz, who landed in Missouri in 1840
  • Maria Elisabeth Merz, who landed in Texas in 1844
  • Johann Merz, who landed in Galveston, Tex in 1845
  • Magdelena Merz, who arrived in Galveston, Tex in 1845
  • Anna Marie Merz, who arrived in Galveston, Tex in 1845


  • Aaron Merz (b. 1983), American NFL football offensive lineman
  • Charlie Merz (1888-1952), American racecar driver, Chief Steward of the Memorial Day Classic
  • Jesse Merz (b. 1973), American actor, director, producer, writer, and educator
  • Jon F. Merz, American author
  • Friedrich Merz (b. 1955), German politician, former Member of the European Parliament (1989–1994)
  • Joseph Anton Merz (1681-1750), German Baroque painter
  • Alfred Merz (1880-1925), Austrian geographer, oceanographer, eponym of the "Merz Peninsula"
  • Charles Hesterman Merz (1874-1940), British electrical engineer who pioneered the use of high-voltage three-phase AC power distribution in the UK
  • Hans-Rudolf Merz (b. 1942), President of Switzerland (2009)
  • Blessed Ivan Merz (1896-1928), Croatian Catholic lay activist



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  2. Steed, Henry Wickham . The Hapsburg Monarchy. London: Constable and Company, 1919. Print.
  3. Fogleman, Aaron Spencer. Hopeful Journeys German Immigration, Settlement, and Political Culture in Colonial America 1717-1775. Philadelphia: University of Pennsylvania Press, 1986. Print. (ISBN 978-0812215489).
  4. 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).
  5. Brechenmacher, Josef Karlmann. Deutches Namenbuch. Stuttgart: Verlag von Adolf Bonz & Comp, 1928. Print.
  6. Götze, Alfred. Familiennamen im badischen Oberland. Heidelberg: C. Winter, 1918. Print.
  7. Preuss, Otto. Die Lippischen Familiennamen mit Berücksichtigung der Ortsnamen. Detmold: Meyer'sche Hofbuchh, 1887. Print.
  8. Hanks, Patricia and Flavia Hodges. A Dictionary of Surnames. Oxford: Oxford University Press, 1988. Print. (ISBN 0-19-211592-8).
  9. Tarneller, Josef. Zur Namenkunde Tirolen Familiennamen. Bozen: Buchhandlung, 1923. Print.
  10. Passenger Lists of Vessels Arriving at Galveston Texas 1896-1951. National Archives Washington DC. Print.
  11. ...

The Merz Family Crest was acquired from the Houseofnames.com archives. The Merz 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 17 March 2015 at 18:12.

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