Merz History, Family Crest & Coats of Arms

Early Origins of the Merz family

The surname Merz was 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.

Early History of the Merz family

This web page shows only a small excerpt of our Merz research. Another 92 words (7 lines of text) covering the year 1844 is included under the topic Early Merz History in all our PDF Extended History products and printed products wherever possible.

Merz Spelling Variations

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

Early Notables of the Merz family (pre 1700)

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


United States Merz migration to the United States +

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 [1]
Merz Settlers in United States in the 19th Century
  • Goachim Merz, who landed in Missouri in 1840 [1]
  • Maria Elisabeth Merz, who landed in Texas in 1844 [1]
  • Johann Merz, who landed in Galveston, Tex in 1845 [1]
  • Magdelena Merz, who arrived in Galveston, Tex in 1845 [1]
  • Anna Marie Merz, who arrived in Galveston, Tex in 1845 [1]
  • ... (More are available in all our PDF Extended History products and printed products wherever possible.)

Contemporary Notables of the name Merz (post 1700) +

  • William A. Merz, American Democrat politician, Member of New Jersey State House of Assembly from Passaic County, 1907; Alternate Delegate to Democratic National Convention from New Jersey, 1924
  • Rose Merz, American Republican politician, Alternate Delegate to Republican National Convention from Minnesota, 1928
  • Louis L. Merz (b. 1908), American Democrat politician, Building supplies business; Real estate broker; Member of Wisconsin State Assembly from Milwaukee County 1st District, 1957-62
  • Edward J. Merz, American Republican politician, Candidate for Wisconsin State Assembly, 1948 (Milwaukee County 16th District), 1956 (Milwaukee County 1st District)
  • Jon F. Merz, American author
  • Jesse Merz (b. 1973), American actor, director, producer, writer, and educator
  • Charlie Merz (1888-1952), American racecar driver, Chief Steward of the Memorial Day Classic
  • Aaron Merz (b. 1983), American NFL football offensive lineman
  • Joseph Anton Merz (1681-1750), German Baroque painter
  • Friedrich Merz (b. 1955), German politician, former Member of the European Parliament (1989–1994)
  • ... (Another 6 notables are available in all our PDF Extended History products and printed products wherever possible.)


  1. ^ Filby, P. William, Meyer, Mary K., Passenger and immigration lists index : a guide to published arrival records of about 500,000 passengers who came to the United States and Canada in the seventeenth, eighteenth, and nineteenth centuries. 1982-1985 Cumulated Supplements in Four Volumes Detroit, Mich. : Gale Research Co., 1985, Print (ISBN 0-8103-1795-8)


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