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Early Origins of the Tess family

The surname Tess was first found in Switzerland, where the name came from humble beginnings but gained a significant reputation for its contribution to the emerging mediaeval society.

The name is thought to have been derived from the Old High German "teuzo", itself from the Gothic word "thiuda" meaning "people." The surname is first documented in its Latinized from in the twelfth century where Tecelinus, was a Burgher of Goslar in the year 1120. In 1444, Stephan Teczel of Waischenfeld appears in the "Matrikel der Universitat Leipzig" while in 1477, Thomas Tetcschel of Merseburg is noted in the "Matrikel des Hochstifts Merseburg".

Early History of the Tess family

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Tess Spelling Variations

Spelling variations of this family name include: Tess, Tes, Tesse, Tese, Tesses, Tessee, Teses, Tease, Teese, Teess and many more.

Early Notables of the Tess family (pre 1700)

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United States Tess migration to the United States +

Some of the first settlers of this family name were:

Tess Settlers in United States in the 18th Century
  • Lewis Tess, aged 50, who arrived in Pennsylvania in 1779 [1]

Contemporary Notables of the name Tess (post 1700) +

  • Tess Coady (b. 2000), Australian snowboarder who competes internationally, bronze medalist in the slopestyle event at the 2022 Winter Olympics
  • Tess "Terry" Gerritsen (b. 1953), American novelist and retired general physician
  • Tess Carlson, American Republican politician, Delegate to Republican National Convention from Minnesota, 1932, 1948; Presidential Elector for Minnesota, 1956 [2]
  • Tess Banion, American Democratic Party politician, Delegate to Democratic National Convention from Kansas, 2008 [3]

  1. Filby, P. William, Meyer, Mary K., Passenger and immigration lists index : a guide to published arrival records of about 500,000 passengers who came to the United States and Canada in the seventeenth, eighteenth, and nineteenth centuries. 1982-1985 Cumulated Supplements in Four Volumes Detroit, Mich. : Gale Research Co., 1985, Print (ISBN 0-8103-1795-8)
  2. The Political Graveyard: Alphabetical Name Index. (Retrieved 2015, October 30) . Retrieved from
  3. The Political Graveyard: Alphabetical Name Index. (Retrieved 2015, December 11) . Retrieved from on Facebook