Mercédès Jellinek

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A black-and-white photographic portrait of a child, facing to her left.
Mércedès Jellinek
Jellinek-Mércedès grave, Zentalfriedhof, Vienna

Mércedès Adrienne Ramona Manuela Jellinek (September 16, 1889 – February 23, 1929) was the daughter of Austrian automobile entrepreneur Emil Jellinek and his first wife Rachel Goggmann Cenrobert. She was born in Vienna.[1] She is best known for her father having Daimler-Motoren-Gesellschaft's line of Mercedes cars named after her, beginning with the Mercedes 35 HP model of 1901.[2] In addition, her father hung a large picture of her at the 1902 Paris Automobile exhibition. He even legally changed his name to Jellinek-Mercedes in 1903[3][dead link] after Daimler-Motoren-Gesellschaft registered Mercedes as a trademark in 1902.[4] Her name is a Spanish Christian name meaning mercy.[5]

Jellinek lived in Vienna, and married twice.[4] She had an elaborate wedding in 1909 in Nice, on the Côte d'Azur, with Baron von Schlosser. The couple lived in Vienna until World War I, which ruined them.[how?] They had two children; Elfriede (b. 1912) and Hans-Peter (b. 1916).[1] In 1918, she was begging for food in the streets. A little later, leaving her husband and two children, she married Baron Rudolf von Weigl, a talented, but poor, sculptor. She played music and had a good soprano voice. She never shared her father's passion for automobiles. Jellinek died in Vienna, from bone cancer, in 1929, at the age of 39, and was buried in Vienna in the family grave near her grandfather, the former chief rabbi of Vienna, Adolf Jellinek.[6][7]

In 1926, Daimler merged with Benz & Cie; although the company traded as Daimler-Benz, it gave the name Mercedes-Benz to its cars to preserve the respected Mercedes marque.


  1. ^ a b "Parting Shot". The Automobile. 30 (7): 98. September 2012.
  2. ^ "Archived copy". Archived from the original on 2015-05-18. Retrieved 2015-05-06.CS1 maint: archived copy as title (link)
  3. ^ Koradia, Jay (March 1, 2012). "Know the Brand". India Business Journal.
  4. ^ a b Krebs, Michelle (2001-10-19). "Her Name Still Rings A Bell". The New York Times. ISSN 0362-4331. Retrieved 2018-01-04.
  5. ^ 1948-, Adler, Dennis (2008). Mercedes-Benz. Minneapolis, MN: Motorbooks. p. 33. ISBN 9780760333723. OCLC 209630111.CS1 maint: numeric names: authors list (link)
  6. ^ Claude Wainstain, "une Mercedes en or", La Terre Retrouvée, Paris, May 1984
  7. ^ Green, David B. (2013-09-16). "This Day in Jewish History 1889: A Luxury Car's Namesake Is Born". Haaretz. Retrieved 2018-01-04.

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