) was a chief of the Salian Franks
in the 5th century
. He is considered a semi-legendary individual, as not much information survived about him. Gregory of Tours
records that he was the son of Chlodio
and father of Childeric I
. His descendants called themselves Merovingians
, or the House of Merovech.
Some researchers have noted that Merovech, the Frankish chieftain, may have been the namesake of a certain god or demigod honored by the Franks prior to their conversion to Christianity, a being described as part human, part bull and part sea-creature.