History of the Order of the Merovingian Dynasty

The Order of the Merovingian Dynasty (OMD) was conceived of and organized in September 2004 by 23 Founder Members whose names denote leadership in the field of genealogy to honor the heritage of the Merovingian Kings, the first of which was Mérovée who governed the Salic Franks from 448-457. The Merovingian period represents the earliest period that reputable genealogists feel we have accurate records for and thus can develop lineages from.

The Merovingian Kings were part of a dynasty that had the longest lasting rule following the Roman Empire, and preceded the Carolingians and Charlemagne.

The Franks first appeared as settlers on the lower Rhine in two divisions, the Salians (dwellers by the sea, sal), and the Ripuarians (dwellers by the riverbank, ripa). By the 4th century, the Salians were established in the area between the Meuse and the Scheldt as federates of the Roman Empire; the Ripuarians, in the tract between the Rhine and the Meuse. They formed no permanent confederations and unlike other Germanic peoples did not migrate as a nation but expanded.

The Dynasty of the Salian Franks began with the semi-legendary Merovech (Mérovée) first noted c. 430. His son, King Childric (d. 481) fought as a federate of the empire at Orleans when Adtius defeated the Visigothss, and he later defeated the Saxons on the Loire. His tomb was found (1653) at Tournai, the capital of the Salians. The son of Childric was Clovis I, King of Cologne, born 466 died 511 in Paris. For more information refer to "Merovingian Kingdoms, 450~751", 1994 by Ian Wood. Gregory of Tours also wrote extensively about this period.

Those who are members of The Order of the Crown of Charlemagne in America, The Baronial Order of the Magna Charta, The Military Order of the Crusades, Order of the Crown in America, National Society Americans of Royal Descent, and the National Society Daughters of the Barons of Runnemede may be invited to apply for membership in OMD