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The Thiessen family name is thought to be of Norman origins. It comes from an early member of the family who was a fiesty or hot-tempered person. The name is a metaphor derived from the Old French word tison meaning fire-brand. A broad and miscellaneous class of surnames, nickname surnames referred to a characteristic of the first person who used the name. They can describe the bearer's favored style of clothing, appearance, habits, or character.

Thiessen Early Origins



The surname Thiessen was first found in Northumberland where they held a family seat from early times, where the name originally was Tesson, one of the most powerful families in Normandy seated at Angouleme. Their history is French more than Viking and they distinguished themselves against the Saracens in 725. They were later seated at Anjou and Raoul Tesson the first Lord of Cingueleiz led 120 knights at Val-Des-Dunes in 1047. Gilbert Tesson, his brother, obtained the barony of Alnwick from King Edward the Confessor, England's Saxon King, and was killed at the Battle of Hastings, fighting on the Saxon side.

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Thiessen Spelling Variations


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Thiessen Spelling Variations



Endless spelling variations are a prevailing characteristic of Norman surnames. Old and Middle English lacked any definite spelling rules, and the introduction of Norman French added an unfamiliar ingredient to the English linguistic stew. French and Latin, the languages of the court, also influenced spellings. Finally, Medieval scribes generally spelled words according to how they sounded, so one person was often referred to by different spellings in different documents. The name has been spelled Tyson, Tesson, Tewson, Tiuson, Tison, Dyson and many more.

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Thiessen Early History


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Thiessen Early History



This web page shows only a small excerpt of our Thiessen research. Another 163 words (12 lines of text) covering the years 1309, 1651, 1708 and 1680 are included under the topic Early Thiessen History in all our PDF Extended History products and printed products wherever possible.

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Thiessen Early Notables (pre 1700)


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Thiessen Early Notables (pre 1700)



Another 49 words (4 lines of text) are included under the topic Early Thiessen Notables in all our PDF Extended History products and printed products wherever possible.

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The Great Migration


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The Great Migration



To escape the political and religious persecution within England at the time, many English families left for the various British colonies abroad. The voyage was extremely difficult, though, and the cramped, dank ships caused many to arrive in the New World diseased and starving. But for those who made it, the trip was most often worth it. Many of the families who arrived went on to make valuable contributions to the emerging nations of Canada and the United States. An inquiry into the early roots of North American families reveals a number of immigrants bearing the name Thiessen or a variant listed above:

Thiessen Settlers in United States in the 19th Century

  • Carl Thiessen, who landed in New York, NY in 1850
  • Ludwig Thiessen, who arrived in New York, NY in 1850
  • Catharine Thiessen, aged 31, landed in New York, NY in 1852
  • Frank Thiessen, aged 35, landed in New York, NY in 1874
  • Joh Thiessen, aged 60, landed in New York, NY in 1874
  • ... (More are available in all our PDF Extended History products and printed products wherever possible.)

Thiessen Settlers in Canada in the 19th Century

  • Aaron Thiessen, who arrived in Manitoba in 1875
  • Peter Thiessen, who landed in Manitoba in 1875

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Contemporary Notables of the name Thiessen (post 1700)


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Contemporary Notables of the name Thiessen (post 1700)



  • Lieutenant General Duane D. Thiessen (b. 1951), American Deputy Commandant for Programs and Resources
  • Alfred H. Thiessen (b. 1872), American meteorologist, eponym of Thiessen polygons
  • Wayne C. Thiessen, American Republican politician, Candidate for U.S. Senator from Hawaii, 1968
  • Walter F. Thiessen Jr., American Libertarian politician, Candidate for U.S. Representative from Connecticut 5th District, 1996
  • Patrice Thiessen, American politician, Representative from California 2nd District, 1996, 1998, 2002
  • Cornelius Thiessen (1910-1993), American Democrat politician, Delegate to Democratic National Convention from Montana, 1956; Member of Montana State Senate, 1959-62
  • Tiffani-Amber Thiessen (b. 1974), American actress
  • Vern Thiessen (b. 1964), Canadian playwright, recipient of the Governor General's Award in 2003
  • Peter Adolf Thiessen (1899-1990), German physical chemist, recipient of the Stalin Prize for contributions to the Soviet atomic bomb project
  • James Thiessen (b. 1974), former Australian rules footballer
  • ... (Another 3 notables are available in all our PDF Extended History products and printed products wherever possible.)

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Citations


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Citations



    Other References

    1. Ingram, Rev. James. Translator Anglo-Saxon Chronicle 1823. Print.
    2. Sanders, Joanne McRee Edition. English Settlers in Barbados 1637-1800. Baltimore: Genealogical Publishing. Print.
    3. The Norman People and Their Existing Descendants in the British Dominions and the United States Of America. Baltimore: Genealogical Publishing, 1975. Print. (ISBN 0-8063-0636-X).
    4. Matthews, John. Matthews' American Armoury and Blue Book. London: John Matthews, 1911. Print.
    5. Library of Congress. American and English Genealogies in the Library of Congress. Baltimore: Genealogical Publishing, 1967. Print.
    6. Colletta, John P. They Came In Ships. Salt Lake City: Ancestry, 1993. Print.
    7. Crozier, William Armstrong Edition. Crozier's General Armory A Registry of American Families Entitled to Coat Armor. New York: Fox, Duffield, 1904. Print.
    8. Bardsley, C.W. A Dictionary of English and Welsh Surnames: With Special American Instances. Wiltshire: Heraldry Today, 1901. Print. (ISBN 0-900455-44-6).
    9. Dunkling, Leslie. Dictionary of Surnames. Toronto: Collins, 1998. Print. (ISBN 0004720598).
    10. Thirsk, Joan. The Agrarian History of England and Wales. Cambridge: Cambridge University Press: 7 Volumes. Print.
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    The Thiessen Family Crest was acquired from the Houseofnames.com archives. The Thiessen 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.

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