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Nordic and Celtic Clan Pedigree:
Mentz is an ancient Nordic, Celtic, and Germanic
clan or tribal name. Variations include: Menz, Mentz,
Muenz, Mentzer, Mentzinger, Mentzel, Mentzdorf, Muentz,
Mentzen, Muntz, Manz, Mainz, Menze, von Mentz, v. Mentz,
Mantz, Maentz , Maenz , Maenz, Maintz, Mentzingen, and
Meintz. Old German for Clan Mentz is (German for Clan:
Mentz Sippe or Stamme Mentz) To see an array of various
Mentz Coats of Arms, click
here: Before 1800, the name Menz, Menze or Menzen
was more commonly used; however, the MenTz version was
used and developed over the recent history of Germany
(last 300 years). Commentators on German history have
researched and suggest that Men(t)z is low german or a
shorter/pet name for Meinhard or Meinrich.
History of the Mentz Clan
The Ancient Mentz Clan of the empires of Germania, Franconia,
were consolidated under Chief Johannes in the the year
914 near the Roman outpost of (Augusto Nemetum or Speyer).
As history shows, it was difficult at this time to organize
as an open clan due to the the occupations of various
Roman Military and later Germanic claims, conflicts, the
French land disputes, and other invasions. The Clan Chiefship
was handed down at Mentz Clan gatherings from the centuries.
By the late 1700's the cheif was Johann Georg Josef the
The Mentz Clans were under the Kingdoms of the Ezzonian
Palantine , Electors
of Palantine ( House of Wittelsbach ) until 1803.
Then French and Napoleon held control of the area until
the Congress of Vienna was settled in 1816. From 1814-1816
there was unsettled control by the French and Germans.
In 1815, under the Mentz Clan "warrior leader"
Johann Georg Josef II, the Mentz clans banded together
and declared the independent and neutral empire of PfalzerVolk
on the eastern boundary of Bavaria because the French
and German boundary disputes over the land had left uninhabited
and disputed territory. This independent nation only lasted
for 90 days because the rebellion was crushed. However,
the Clan was immortalized for there establishment of a
tiny kingdom and republic. Further, it is handed down
information through family history that the Mentz Clans
emerged from the Pfalzerwald "Palatinate Forest"
and Wolfstein forests and were known as "Sippe or
Clan Raugraf" which are lords and protectors over
the uninhabited districts of Pfalz
or Palatinate of which they emerged.
Next, Chief Johann Georg Josef passed the leadership
to Georg Philip Peter II in the late 1830's. After that,
the Chiefship passed to Georg Philip Heinrich II in 1864.
In 1904, the Chiefship passed to Georg Philip Heinrich
In 1945, the Chiefship passed to an American Soldier
of the "Battle
of the Bulge" and Rhineland
Campaign named Heinrich Albertus of the Clan who reclaimed
the chiefship and historical "Mentz Clan Lands"
with a small flag planted in the Pfalzerwald
Forrest "Palatinate" as he reconquered the land
of the orgins of many Mentz's. It is said that after conquering
the land back in the name of his ancestors, he said a
prayer of gratitude in the name of Christianity while
sobbing for the losses of his home country and peoples.
* Heinrich Albertus was a direct blood-line descendant
of Chief Johann Georg Josef.
Chief Heinrich Albertus lived a long and fruitful life
and later passed the clan Chiefship in 2004 to his son
who was anointed Georg Philip IV or Georgius Phillipus
IV who is said to be an International Leader.
Orgins of the Mentz Clan
There are recorded families, tribes, noble clans, and
Catholic Electors (Archbishops) using the name Mentz/Menz
or a variation in Europe and Nordic countries for over
1000 years. It is a fairly common name in Bavaria, Rhineland Pfalz, and greater Germany. Some
living Mentz families claim to be descendants of the Spiritual
Prince Electors of Papal "Holy See" of Mainz
(or Holy Roman Empire) because these Rhineland Popes (North
of the Alps) could have children and families many centuries
ago. Further, there are still ancient noble families that
use the Mentz name or a variation above in Switzerland,
North Eastern Germany, and even Denmark, Austria &
Tirol, Norway and Sweden. Of course, there are thousands
of Mentz Families in the USA, Europe, Latin and South
America, Australia, and South Africa. The Germanic Mentz
Tribes from Old Bavaria were mostly farmers, laborers,
bakers, forresters, wine growers, and small business persons
who were eventual subjects of the King of Bavaria in the
1800's. Some even became Knights, Politicians, Judges,
and Military Leaders for varying principalities and governments.
Other Mentz's have also been noted scholars of German
and Royal History (See: Professor Georg Mentz). As a note,
there is a long line of Christian Mystics, Masons
and Guild Masters within the Mentz Clan. The Region West
of Heidelberg is where many Mentz
Clans emerged and later emigrated to countries around
the world. Thousands of the Clan Mentz members came from
many parts of Germany including: Edesheim, Edenkoben
or "old German" Oedenkoben , Speyer,
Forest, Wolfstein & Pfalzer Wald Forrest,
Wuerttemberg, Rhineland, Preussen, Mannheim, Sachsen Coburg,
Hessen, Baden, and other local German provinces.
See LDS Family Search Database.
Many Mentz's are from the wine country: Sudliche Weinstrasse
surrounding Edenkoben and Edesheim which is between Landau and Neustadt an der
Weinstrasse. Further, there are also ancient noble
Mentz Clans still located in the Mecklenburg region of Germany.
Catholic Heritage of the Mentz Clan
Most Mentz families in recent history were Roman Catholic.
See list of 400+ members of
Mentz Clan in Germany. In the late 1500s, you begin
to find many Mentz Clan members registering births and
marriages with the Catholic Churches throughout Bavaria
and Germany. Most of the early birth records are written
in latin or ancient roman languages
as the Mentz Clans evolved from Roman Empire rule. Thousands
of Mentz births and marriages are searchable in the Family
Search Genealogy Databases. You will also find many
Mentz families as members of The Evangelical
Church in Germany (German Evangelische Kirche in Deutschland,
abbreviated as EKD) The EKD is a federation of 23 Lutheran,
Reformed and United churches in their respective regions.
As a note, the word for the great city of Mainz has also been spelled Mentz
in maps and history books for centuries. Further, the
City of Mainz/Mentz is on the Main River of which some
equate the relation in sound to the Mentz name and orgins.
The Clan Mentz family of Pfalz von Oedenkoben is one
of the few from Old Bavaria (now Rhineland Pfalz) where
the chiefship has descended in an unbroken blood line
to the present day. Each year, Clan Mentz meets in various
parts of the world to gather. Presently, the Clan Mentz
Chief is Georg-Philip IV or Georgius-Phillipus IV.
Nulli expugnabilis hosti "Conquered by No Enemy"
"Quod est inferius est sicut quod est superius,
et quod est superius est sicut quod est inferius"
- "As above so below" Hermes Trismegistus
Flower: The Tulip
Plant: The Grape (Mentz Clans were involved
in wine making for centuries)
Crest: Tulip, Grapes, 3 Stars with Pfalz
colours interior, and Grey Blue Falcon/Eagle surrouned
by stars. Further, the rampant lion is small but centered
in the shield.
(also Hermann, Armin, 16 BC–AD 21) was a war chief of
the Germanic tribe of the Cherusci who was the first Germanic
Clan Leader to defeat a Roman army in the Battle of the
Eckhart - Johannes Eckhart (1260–1328), also
known as Eckhart von Hochheim and widely referred to as
Meister Eckhart, was a German theologian, philosopher
and mystic, born near Erfurt, in Thuringia. Meister is
German for "Master", referring to the academic
title he obtained in Paris.
Official Mentz Clan Cultural Holiday
- All Saints Day Nov. 1st
List of Germanic
See LDS Family Search Database.
See list of 400+ members
of Original Documented Mentz Family Clan
To see an array of various Mentz Coats
of Arms, click here:
To see the Mentz Clan Name in Chinese Characters, Click