Theis History, Family Crest & Coats of Arms

The name Theis 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.

Early Origins of the Theis family

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

Early History of the Theis family

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Theis Spelling Variations

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

Early Notables of the Theis family (pre 1700)

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Theis Ranking

In the United States, the name Theis is the 5,471st most popular surname with an estimated 4,974 people with that name. [1]


United States Theis migration to the United States +

Some of the first settlers of this family name were:

Theis Settlers in United States in the 18th Century
  • Johan Theis, who landed in New York in 1709 [2]
  • Thomas Theis, who arrived in New York in 1709 [2]
  • Johan Philipp Theis, who landed in New York, NY in 1710-1714 [2]
  • Jacob Theis, who landed in Pennsylvania in 1741 [2]
  • Jacob Theis, whose Oath of Allegiance was recorded in Pennsylvania in 1741
  • ... (More are available in all our PDF Extended History products and printed products wherever possible.)
Theis Settlers in United States in the 19th Century
  • John Theis, aged 26, who arrived in Missouri in 1842 [2]
  • Johann Jacob Theis, who arrived in Texas in 1845 [2]
  • Margaretha Theis, who arrived in Galveston, Tex in 1846 [2]
  • Martha Theis, who arrived in Galveston, Tex in 1846 [2]
  • Heinrich Theis, who arrived in Galveston, Tex in 1846 [2]
  • ... (More are available in all our PDF Extended History products and printed products wherever possible.)

New Zealand Theis migration to New Zealand +

Emigration to New Zealand followed in the footsteps of the European explorers, such as Captain Cook (1769-70): first came sealers, whalers, missionaries, and traders. By 1838, the British New Zealand Company had begun buying land from the Maori tribes, and selling it to settlers, and, after the Treaty of Waitangi in 1840, many British families set out on the arduous six month journey from Britain to Aotearoa to start a new life. Early immigrants include:

Theis Settlers in New Zealand in the 19th Century
  • William Theis, aged 28, a baker, who arrived in Nelson, New Zealand aboard the ship "Hannibal" in 1875

Contemporary Notables of the name Theis (post 1700) +

  • Louis Fred Theis (1876-1949), born Louis Fred Pfeifer, American private in the United States Marine Corps who received the Medal of Honor for his actions in the fire aboard the USS Petrel (PG-2)
  • Frank Gordon Theis (1911-1998), United States federal judge
  • Phillip "Phil" Theis (b. 1958), American semi-retired professional wrestler, known by his ring name Damien Demento
  • Rick Klaus Theis, American poet, author and political activist
  • Walter Theis, American Republican politician, Alternate Delegate to Republican National Convention from Nevada, 1944 [3]
  • Paul A. Theis, American Republican politician, Alternate Delegate to Republican National Convention from District of Columbia, 1988 [3]
  • Henry W. Theis, American Republican politician, Mayor of Bergenfield, New Jersey, 1946-53 [3]
  • Frank Gordon Theis (1911-1998), American Democratic Party politician, Delegate to Democratic National Convention from Kansas, 1944 (alternate), 1956, 1960; Member, Arrangements Committee, 1964 [3]


  1. ^ https://namecensus.com/most_common_surnames.htm
  2. ^ 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)
  3. ^ The Political Graveyard: Alphabetical Name Index. (Retrieved 2015, October 22) . Retrieved from http://politicalgraveyard.com/alpha/index.html


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