Theiss History, Family Crest & Coats of Arms

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.

Early Origins of the Theiss family

The surname Theiss 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 Theiss family

This web page shows only a small excerpt of our Theiss research. Another 126 words (9 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 and printed products wherever possible.

Theiss Spelling Variations

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

Early Notables of the Theiss family (pre 1700)

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


United States Theiss migration to the United States +

Some of the first settlers of this family name were:

Theiss Settlers in United States in the 18th Century
  • Matthias Theiss, who landed in America in 1709 [1]
  • Johann Matheus Theiss, who landed in America in 1730 [1]
  • Matheis Theiss, who arrived in America in 1738 [1]
  • Nickel Theiss, who arrived in Pennsylvania in 1738 [1]
  • Michel Theiss, who landed in Pennsylvania in 1748 [1]
  • ... (More are available in all our PDF Extended History products and printed products wherever possible.)
Theiss Settlers in United States in the 19th Century
  • Johannes Theiss, who landed in America in 1832 [1]
  • Katarina Theiss, who arrived in Galveston, Tex in 1845 [1]
  • Catarina Theiss, who arrived in Texas in 1846 [1]
  • Johann Theiss, who arrived in North America in 1847 [1]
  • Maria Karoline Theiss, who landed in Albany, NY in 1847 [1]
  • ... (More are available in all our PDF Extended History products and printed products wherever possible.)

Contemporary Notables of the name Theiss (post 1700) +

  • Mike Theiss (b. 1978), American National Geographic photographer, on air talent, video producer and professional storm chaser
  • Duane Charles Theiss (b. 1953), former American Major League Baseball pitcher
  • 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
  • Brooke Theiss (b. 1969), American actress
  • Joe C. Theiss, American politician, Mayor of New Martinsville, West Virginia, 1977-79 [2]
  • Edna Theiss, American Democrat politician, Delegate to Democratic National Convention from California, 1948; Candidate for Presidential Elector for California, 1956 [2]
  • Klaus Theiss (b. 1963), former professional German footballer


  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 22) . Retrieved from http://politicalgraveyard.com/alpha/index.html


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