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