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Merovech Genealogy and Merovech Family History Information

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About the Merovech surname

Merovech is the semi-legendary founder of the Merovingian Dynasty of the Salian Franks which later became the dominant Frankish tribe. His name is the latinization of the Old High German given name Manwig which literally means "famed in fight". He is said to be one of several barbarian warlords and kings that joined forces with the Roman general Aetius against the Huns under Attila on the Catalaunian fields in Gaul. The first Frankish royal dynasty called themselves Merovingians (descendants of Meroveus). Gregory of Tours names him as the father of Childeric I. The Chronicle of Fredegar interpolated this ref. by Gregory by adding that Merovech was the son of the queen, Chlodio's wife, but his father was the sea god, bestia Neptuni. Some researchers have noted that Merovech, the Frankish Chieftain, may have been the namesake of a certain god or demi-god honored by the Franks prior to their conversion to Christianity. Some think the sea god was a foreign conquerer, coming from the sea, taking the dead King Chlodio's wife to legitimize his rule. That makes sense to me. Merovech emerges into wider history with the victories of his son, Childeric I (457-481) against the Visigoths, Saxons and Alemanni.