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Where did the German Theiss family come from? What is the German Theiss family crest and coat of arms? When did the Theiss family first arrive in the United States? Where did the various branches of the family go? What is the Theiss family history?

The name Theiss derives from the German personal name Matthias which in turn derives from the apostle Matthaeus (English Matthew). Versions of this name were very popular in the Middle Ages throughout Christian Europe.

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Spelling variations of this family name include: Theis, Theisen, Thein, Theitz, Theisz, Theisman and others.

First found in Germany, where the name came from humble beginnings but gained a significant reputation for its contribution to the emerging mediaeval society.


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This web page shows only a small excerpt of our Theiss research. Another 208 words(15 lines of text) covering the years 1295, 1596, 1790, 1804, and 1869 are included under the topic Early Theiss History in all our PDF Extended History products.

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More information is included under the topic Early Theiss Notables in all our PDF Extended History products.

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Some of the first settlers of this family name were:

Theiss Settlers in the United States in the 18th Century


  • Matthias Theiss, who landed in America in 1709
  • Johann Matheus Theiss, who landed in America in 1730
  • Matheis Theiss, who arrived in America in 1738
  • Nickel Theiss, who arrived in Pennsylvania in 1738
  • Michel Theiss, who landed in Pennsylvania in 1748


Theiss Settlers in the United States in the 19th Century


  • Johannes Theiss, who landed in America in 1832
  • Katarina Theiss, who arrived in Galveston, Tex in 1845
  • Catarina Theiss, who arrived in Texas in 1846
  • Johann Theiss, who arrived in North America in 1847
  • Maria Karoline Theiss, who landed in Albany, NY in 1847


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  • Brooke Theiss (b. 1969), American actress
  • William Ware Theiss (1930-1992), American costume designer, nominated for the Academy Award for Costume Design three times, best known for his work on the Star Trek uniforms
  • Duane Charles Theiss (b. 1953), former American Major League Baseball pitcher
  • Mike Theiss (b. 1978), American National Geographic photographer, on air talent, video producer and professional storm chaser
  • Klaus Theiss (b. 1963), former professional German footballer


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  2. Schenk, Trudy. Wuerttemberg Emigration Index Volume I-VIII. Salt Lake City: Ancestry Inc., 1986. Print.
  3. Kneschke, Dr. Ernest Heinrich. Neues allgemeines Deutsches Adels-Lexicon 9 Volumes New General German Aristocracy Lexicon. Leipzig: Friedrich Voigt, 1859. Print.
  4. Bolton, Charles Knowles. Bolton's American Armory. Baltimore: Heraldic Book Company, 1964. Print.
  5. Egle, William Henry. Pennsylvania Genealogies Scotch-Irish and German. Harrisburg: L.S. Hart, 1886. Print.
  6. Passenger Lists of Vessels Arriving at Galveston Texas 1896-1951. National Archives Washington DC. Print.
  7. Rolland, and H.V. Rolland. Illustrations to the Armorial general by J. B. Rietstap 6 volumes in 3. Baltimore: Heraldic Book Company, 1976. Print.
  8. Hildenbrand, A.M. Wappenfibel. Handbuch der Heraldik. Neustadt an der Aisch: 1970. Print.
  9. Göbel, Otto. Niederdeutsche Familiennamen der Gegenwart Wolfshagen-Schäbentz. Franz: Westphal, 1936. Print.
  10. Neubecker, Ottfried. Wappen-Bilder-Lexikon der bürgerlichen Geschlechter Deutschlands, Oesterreichs und der Schweiz. Battenberg, München: 1985. Print.
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The Theiss Family Crest was acquired from the Houseofnames.com archives. The Theiss Family Crest was drawn according to heraldic standards based on published blazons. We generally include the oldest published family crest once associated with each surname.

This page was last modified on 23 April 2014 at 14:48.

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