The roots of the ancient and distinguished German surname Teeger lie in the northern region of Schleswig-Holstein. The name is probably derived from the Low German word "teget," meaning "tenth," or in this case "tithe," the ten percent tax paid by peasants to the Church or to a
landlord. It is likely that the progenitor of the name was one who collected this tax from the peasants.
The surname Teeger was first found in Schleswig-Holstein, where the surname is thought to have emerged. The young Teeger family was instrumental during this period, playing a major role in the early history of the region and contributing greatly to the development of medieval society in Schleswig-Holstein.
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of this family name include: Teege, Teegen, Tegger, Teeger, Tigner, Tegener, Tegen, Tiganer, Digner and many more.
Some of the first settlers of this family name or some of its variants were: Caspar Tegen, who came to Philadelphia in 1816; Henry Tige, who arrived in Baltimore in 1831; Marsow Teegn, who sailed from Hamburg to New York in 1850.