History of your Surname
Get access to Metz family records.Start a free trial

Metz Family History

Metz Name Meaning

German: from a short form of the female personal name Mechthild composed of ancient Germanic maht ‘might strength’ + hild ‘strife battle’. German French (Alsace and Lorraine) and Jewish (Ashkenazic): habitational name from Metz in Lorraine which took its name from a Gaulish tribe the Mediomatrici; in the name of the place this became abbreviated to Mettis hence the modern name. German: from Mätz a short form of the personal name Matthias (see Matthew ). North German: metonymic occupational name for a cutler from Middle Low German messet metset ‘knife dagger’ or Middle High German metz(e) ‘knife’. Compare Messer This surname is also found in Poland.

Source: Dictionary of American Family Names 2nd edition, 2022

Similar surnames: Netz, Menz, Tetz, Meth, Ketz, Metze, Mutz, Reitz, Letz, Motz

Search for a relative to learn more about your family history.

Hint: Try searching for a relative alive in 1940.

Black & white image of a young woman scientist

Where is the Metz family from?

You can see how Metz families moved over time by selecting different census years. The Metz family name was found in the USA, the UK, Canada, and Scotland between 1840 and 1920. The most Metz families were found in USA in 1880. In 1840 there were 58 Metz families living in Pennsylvania. This was about 41% of all the recorded Metz's in USA. Pennsylvania had the highest population of Metz families in 1840.
Use census records and voter lists to see where families with the Metz surname lived. Within census records, you can often find information like name of household members, ages, birthplaces, residences, and occupations.

What did your Metz ancestors do for a living?

In 1940, Laborer and Housewife were the top reported jobs for men and women in the USA named Metz. 13% of Metz men worked as a Laborer and 8% of Metz women worked as a Housewife. Some less common occupations for Americans named Metz were Clerk and Teacher. .

View Census Data for Metz | Data not to scale

*We display top occupations by gender to maintain their historical accuracy during times when men and women often performed different jobs.

Top Male Occupations In 1940

  • Laborer
  • Farmer
  • Salesman
  • Clerk

Top Female Occupations In 1940

  • Housewife
  • Stenographer
  • Clerk
  • Teacher
Black & white image of two construction labourers

What Metz family records will you find?

Census Records

There are 93,000 census records available for the last name Metz. Like a window into their day-to-day life, Metz census records can tell you where and how your ancestors worked, their level of education, veteran status, and more.

Search US census records for Metz

Passenger Lists

There are 14,000 immigration records available for the last name Metz. Passenger lists are your ticket to knowing when your ancestors arrived in the USA, and how they made the journey - from the ship name to ports of arrival and departure.

View all Metz immigration records

Draft Cards

There are 49,000 military records available for the last name Metz. For the veterans among your Metz ancestors, military collections provide insights into where and when they served, and even physical descriptions.

View all Metz military records

You've only scratched the surface of Metz family history

Discover More

What is the average Metz lifespan?

Between 1942 and 2004, in the United States, Metz life expectancy was at its lowest point in 1950, and highest in 2001. The average life expectancy for Metz in 1942 was 40, and 76 in 2004.

View Social Security Death Index (SSDI) for Metz

Discover the unique achievements of ancestors in the Metz family tree

Explore Your Tree

Browse profiles of historical people with the Metz last name

Search for another surname
Enter last name/surname
Start a 14-Day Free Trial