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Mercedes-The name of Emil Jellineck's daughter. Emil Jellineck was a Jewish banker from Austria who financed Diamler's racing efforts at the turn of the century, and subsequently earned the right to name the cars.
Jellinek was born in Leipzig in the south-east of Germany, the son of Dr Adolf Jellinek (sometimes known also as Aaron Jellinek). His father was a well-known Czech-Hungarian rabbi and intellectual in the Jewish collective around Leipzig and Vienna. Jellinek's mother Rosalie was also a preaching rabbi. He had two brothers, both of whom achieved fame: Max Hermann Jellinek as a linguist, and Georg Jellinek as an international law teacher. His sisters were Charlotte and Pauline.
He was Austrian Council general in Nice.
Later hechanged his last name to Jellineck-Mercedes. Probably the only case where father got his child's name as a last name.
Mercedes Jellinek died at 39 from bone cancer, alone. Her younger sister died just 3 years ago, in 2003, at 96.