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During the Middle Ages, the surname of Metzner was used in Austria. While the patronymic and metronymic surnames, which are derived from the name of the father and mother respectively, are the most common form of a hereditary surname in Germany, occupational surnames also emerged during the late Middle Ages. Many people, such as the Metzner family, adopted the name of their occupation as their surname. However, an occupational name did not become a hereditary surname until the office or type of employment became hereditary. The surname Metzner was an occupational name for a knife maker having derived from the Old German word messer, meaning knife.

Metzner Early Origins



The surname Metzner was first found in Austria, where the name could be considered to have made a great contribution to the feudal society which became the backbone of modern Europe. Literally, the name could either mean "one who made knives and daggers," for "Metz" is the mediaeval form of "Messer," or it could mean "one who operates a mill," for "metze" was the medaieval weight scale for foodstuff such as corn and flour. Chronicles first mention one Peter mit der metzen of Glatz in 1356, and a "Mecze" who was the wife of Ramfold von Gersdorf in 1390. Metz is also the Germanized form of the Latin "Mediomatrica," a city on the Moselle River in what was once Westphalia, but is now France, which Caesar described as one of the oldest and most important towns of Gaul. The name "Metzer" then means "from the city of Metz." Strasbourg chronicles mention Conrad Metzer von Hagenau in 1295. The name became prominent in local affairs and branched into many houses which played important roles in the tribal and national conflicts, in which each group sought power and status in an ever changing territorial profile.

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Metzner Spelling Variations


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Metzner Spelling Variations



One can encounter great variation in the spelling of surnames: in early times, spelling in general, and thus the spelling of names was not yet standardized; and later, spellings would change with branching and movement of families. Variations of the name Metzner include Metz, Metzmacher, Metzner, Metze, Mets, Metsch and many more.

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Metzner Early History


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Metzner Early History



This web page shows only a small excerpt of our Metzner research. Another 296 words (21 lines of text) covering the years 1787 and 1796 are included under the topic Early Metzner History in all our PDF Extended History products and printed products wherever possible.

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Metzner Early Notables (pre 1700)


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Metzner Early Notables (pre 1700)



Another 39 words (3 lines of text) are included under the topic Early Metzner Notables in all our PDF Extended History products and printed products wherever possible.

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The Great Migration



After the First World War, Austria became a republi c. The Treaty of Versailles broke up the empire in 1919 and many of the Sudeten Germans were incorporated into the new nation of Czechoslovakia. In the 20th century, many Austrians migrated to other parts of Germany or Europe, as well as to North Ameri ca. In the United States, the majority of settlers landed in Philadelphia, and moved on to Ohio, Texas, Illinois, California, New York, and Maryland. Many German settlers also migrated to Canada, particularly Ontario and the Prairies. Amongst the settlers in North America with this distinguished name Metzner were

Metzner Settlers in United States in the 18th Century

  • Dietrick Metzner, who arrived in Pennsylvania in 1765

Metzner Settlers in United States in the 19th Century

  • Johanna Metzner, aged 30, landed in America in 1839
  • Sophia Metzner, aged 61, arrived in America in 1840
  • Michael Metzner, who arrived in Washington County, Pennsylvania in 1843
  • Francis Metzner, who landed in Allegany (Allegheny) County, Pennsylvania in 1853
  • Heinrich Metzner, who arrived in Ohio in 1869
  • ... (More are available in all our PDF Extended History products and printed products wherever possible.)

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Contemporary Notables of the name Metzner (post 1700)


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Contemporary Notables of the name Metzner (post 1700)



  • Sue Ann Metzner, American politician, Mayor of Winslow Township, New Jersey, 2007
  • Mabel M. Metzner (b. 1890), American Republican politician, Alternate Delegate to Republican National Convention from Indiana, 1948
  • Jacqueline D. Metzner, American politician, Candidate for Presidential Elector for District of Columbia, 1972
  • Carroll E. Metzner (b. 1919), American Republican politician, Member of Wisconsin State Assembly from Dane County 3rd District, 1955-58; Alternate Delegate to Republican National Convention from Wisconsin, 1972

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    Other References

    1. Rupp, Daniel L. A Collection of Upwards of Thirty Thousand Names of German, Swiss, Dutch, French and Other Immigrants to Pennsylvania from 1727 to 1776. Baltimore: Genealogical Publishing, 2000. Print. (ISBN 978-0806303024).
    2. 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).
    3. Bahlow, Hans. Mecklenburgisches Namenbüchlein Ein Führer durch Mecklenburgs Familiennamen. Rostock: Carl Hinstorffs Verlag, 1932. Print.
    4. Nied, Edmund. Fraenkische Familiennamen urkundlich gesammelt und sprachlich gedeutet. Heidelberg: C. Winter, 1933. Print.
    5. Siebmacher, J.J. Siebmacher's Grosses Wappenbuch 35 Volumes. Germany: Bauer & Raspe. Print.
    6. Rolland, and H.V. Rolland. Illustrations to the Armorial general by J. B. Rietstap 6 volumes in 3. Baltimore: Heraldic Book Company, 1976. Print.
    7. Jones, George F. The Germans of Colonial Georgia 1733-1783 Revised edition. Baltimore: Genealogical Publishing, 1986. Print. (ISBN 0806311614).
    8. Matthews, John. Matthews' American Armoury and Blue Book. London: John Matthews, 1911. Print.
    9. Bentley, Elizabeth P. Passenger Arrivals at the Port of New York 1820-1829. Baltimore, Maryland: Genealogical Publishing Co., 1999. Print.
    10. Tarneller, Josef. Zur Namenkunde Tirolen Familiennamen. Bozen: Buchhandlung, 1923. Print.
    11. ...

    The Metzner Family Crest was acquired from the Houseofnames.com archives. The Metzner 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.

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