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Bavaria, Germany is the ancestral home of the Mezger family. The Germans began using hereditary surnames in the 12th century. Mezger is an occupational name, which was derived from the kind of work done by the original bearer. It is a name for a butcher. The surname Mezger is derived from the German word metzger, which means butcher.

Mezger Early Origins



The surname Mezger was first found in Bavaria, where the name became noted for its many branches within the region, each house acquiring a status and influence which was envied and enrolled by the princes of the region. Chronicles first mention Burch vor der Mezzje of Zuerich in 1258, and Conrad hinter der Mezzje of Constance in 1259. The literal translation of the name into English would be "butcher" or "meat market." In their later history the family became a power unto themselves, and were elevated to the ranks of nobility as they grew into a most influential family.

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Mezger Spelling Variations


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Mezger Spelling Variations



In the medieval era, many different cultural groups lived in the German states. There are thus many regional variations of German surnames from that era. Westphalians spoke Low German, which is similar to modern Dutch. Many German names carry suffixes that identify where they came from. Others have phrases attached that identify something about the original bearer. Other variations in German names resulted from the fact that medieval scribes worked without the aid of any spelling rules. The spelling variations of the name Mezger include Metzger, Mezger, Metzeler, Metzler, Mezler and others.

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Mezger Early History


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Mezger Early History



This web page shows only a small excerpt of our Mezger research. Another 199 words (14 lines of text) covering the years 1740, 1623, 1687, 1635, 1683, 1632, 1701, 1637, 1702 and 1775 are included under the topic Early Mezger History in all our PDF Extended History products and printed products wherever possible.

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Mezger Early Notables (pre 1700)


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Mezger Early Notables (pre 1700)



Prominent among members of the name Mezger in this period include Georg Balthasar Metzger (1623-1687), a German physician and scientist, one of the four founding members of the German Academy of Sciences Leopoldina in Schweinfurt; Joseph Mezger (1635-1683), an Austrian Benedictine of St. Peter's Archabbey, Salzburg; Francis Mezger (1632-1701)...

Another 48 words (3 lines of text) are included under the topic Early Mezger Notables in all our PDF Extended History products and printed products wherever possible.

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The Great Migration


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The Great Migration



German settlers were among the most common to come to North America between the mid-17th and mid-20th centuries. Poverty and religious persecution drove many Bavarians to make this long trek. tenant farmers were also enticed by the prospect of owning land. From east to west, these German immigrants populated the United States, settling in Pennsylvania, Texas, New York, Illinois, and California. Ontario and the prairie provinces of Canada also provided homes to many. Early settlers bearing the Mezger surname or a spelling variation of the name include:

Mezger Settlers in United States in the 18th Century

  • Jacob Mezger, who arrived in Lancaster, Pennsylvania in 1753
  • Jonas Mezger, who arrived in Lancaster, Pennsylvania in 1758
  • Markus Mezger, who landed in America in 1782

Mezger Settlers in United States in the 19th Century

  • John Mezger, who landed in Allegany (Allegheny) County, Pennsylvania in 1855

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Contemporary Notables of the name Mezger (post 1700)


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Contemporary Notables of the name Mezger (post 1700)



  • Jeffrey T. Mezger, American businessman, President and Chief Executive Officer of KB Home
  • Guy Mezger (b. 1968), retired American martial artist
  • Friedrich Eduard Mezger (1807-1894), Bavarian architect, painter, professor

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Citations


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Citations



    Other References

    1. Bahlow, Hans and Edda Gentry. Translation Dictionary of German Names 2nd Edition. Madison: University of Wisconsin, 2002. Print.
    2. Weis, Frederick Lewis, Walter Lee Sheppard and David Faris. Ancestral Roots of Sixty Colonists Who Came to New England Between 1623 and 1650 7th Edition. Baltimore: Genealogical Publishing, 1992. Print. (ISBN 0806313676).
    3. Gottschald, Max. Deutsche Namenkunde unsere Familiennamen nach ihrer Entstehung und Bedeutung. München: J.F. Lehmanns Verlag, 1932. Print.
    4. 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).
    5. Gritzner, M. Handbuch der heraldischen Terminologie in zwölf Zungen. Nürnberg: 1890. Print.
    6. Karlsruhe. Badisches Generallandesarchiv Baden Emigration lists 1866-1911. Salt Lake City: Microfilm of Card Index by the Genealogical Society of Utah. Print.
    7. Bahlow, Hans. Abhandlungen zur Namenforschung und Buchgeschichte. 1980. Print. (ISBN 978-3768690522).
    8. Best, Hugh. Debrett's Texas Peerage. New York: Coward-McCann, 1983. Print. (ISBN 069811244X).
    9. Crozier, William Armstrong Edition. Crozier's General Armory A Registry of American Families Entitled to Coat Armor. New York: Fox, Duffield, 1904. Print.
    10. Colletta, John P. They Came In Ships. Salt Lake City: Ancestry, 1993. Print.
    11. ...

    The Mezger Family Crest was acquired from the Houseofnames.com archives. The Mezger 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 3 September 2013 at 08:28.

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