Read the sad story of Mercedes, the beautiful girl named after Mercedes-Benz
Do you ever marveled why the first half of this most German firms has a Hispanic female name? In the late-19th century, Emil Jellinek (1853-1918) would purchase Daimler vehicles and enhance them for racing, and gave his cars the moniker Mercedes.
Named after his seemingly beautiful daughter, Mercédès was born by her Franco-Algerian mom Rachel Goggmann Cenrobert. In 1900, Daimler appreciated the changes so much they initiated its first Mercedes-branded car.
Daimler and Benz integrated in 1926, establishing Daimler-Benz, whose automobiles would thereafter be named Mercedes-Benz. Mercédès whose Spanish name translated to Mercy, herself sadly died of cancer in 1929, aged just 39 and didn’t show any interest in her father’s love for cars.
The beautiful damsel, Mercedes Adrienne Ramona Manuela Jellinek, born in Vienna in 1889. The girl’s father was Emil Jellinek, a valuable car businessman and transaction expert who specialized for Daimler-Motoren-Gesellschaft (DMG).
He started the 1901 Mercedes 35 HP (possibly the first modern automobile) and named it after his daughter. In 1902, a secure trademark ‘Mercedes’ was registered. A union of the name mercedes and the name of karl benz which has worked to a great effect up to date.
Mercedes first spouse had been compelled to work in the civil service before their divorce, and the next husband died quickly after their marriage.
In 1929, 10 years after her dad’s death, Mercedes also succumbed to bone cancer after years of fighting the harmful disease when she was only 39 years old at that time.
The legacy of Emil Jelinek might have faded as his daughter strived, but at least his name is still listed among the most outstanding and expensive cars in the past three centuries.