Merz Family Genealogy
It's also a nickname for someone who was born or baptized in the month of March (in Middle High German, merz), or who had some other special connection with the month, such as owing a feudal obligation at that time. Spelling variations include: Merrittstein, Meerheim, Meistersheim, Mercklien, Merklein, Merzstein, Mertzheim, Meirstein, Maerheim, Maerstein, Meerstein and many more.
The Merz family that we come from was first found in the Rhineland, where this family was a prominent contributor to the development of the district from ancient times.
Our line can be traced all the way back to BARBARA MERZ, born before 1788, who married MICHAEL GRIEB, a coach maker.
They had a son, MICHAEL GRIEB, JR., on the 22nd of October, 1806, in Moehringen Stuttgart, Wurtemberg, Germany, and the rest is history -- or, at least, genealogy...