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The German surname Theunissen originated as a short form of the Roman name Antonius (the English Anthony.) It is the name of two major Christian saints, St. Anthony (ca.250-350,) who was the father of Christian monasticism, and Anthony of Padua (1195-1231), the Franciscan monk, who became the patron saint of Padua and Portugal. In granting their children holy names, medieval parents sought to reaffirm their Christian beliefs and to secure protection from the namesake. The name Tönsing is a Low German diminutive of the name Antonius, and Tönnies is a short form, as in Tönnies Alberdes, recorded in Lippe in 1571. Other German variants include Don, Ton, Thon and Dohn. The surname Theunissen, thus, comes about as a patronymic, a surname derived from the personal name of the father.

Theunissen Early Origins



The surname Theunissen was first found in Westphalia and the Lower Rhineland, where the name Theunissen emerged in medieval times as one of the notable families of the region. From the 13th century the surname was identified with the great social and economic evolution which made this territory a landmark contributor to the development of the nation.The earliest mentions of the surname are Heinz Ton, who was recorded in Immenstaad in 1423, and Johann Tonsing, who was recorded in the area of Osnabröck in 1649.

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Theunissen Spelling Variations


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Theunissen Spelling Variations



Spelling variations of this family name include: Tönnies, Tönies, Töns, Tönniges, Toenniges, Tuns, Tönsing, Tönsen, Tönnsen, Tönjes, Tönsmann, Tönsmeyer, Tönnissen, Thon, Thons, Thonissen and many more.

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Theunissen Early History


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Theunissen Early History



This web page shows only a small excerpt of our Theunissen research. Another 104 words (7 lines of text) are included under the topic Early Theunissen History in all our PDF Extended History products and printed products wherever possible.

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Theunissen Early Notables (pre 1700)


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Theunissen Early Notables (pre 1700)



More information is included under the topic Early Theunissen 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



Some of the first settlers of this family name were:

Theunissen Settlers in United States in the 17th Century

  • Cornelis Theunissen, who arrived in New York, NY in 1637
  • Aert Theunissen, who arrived in New York in 1641
  • Hermann Theunissen, who landed in New York, NY in 1654
  • Claes Theunissen, who landed in New Netherland(s) in 1660
  • Jan Theunissen, who arrived in New York, NY in 1661
  • ... (More are available in all our PDF Extended History products and printed products wherever possible.)

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Contemporary Notables of the name Theunissen (post 1700)


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Contemporary Notables of the name Theunissen (post 1700)



  • Gerald Joseph "Jerry" Theunissen (b. 1933), American vice president of Jeff Davis Bank in Jennings, Louisiana and politician, Louisiana State Senator from District 25 (1996-2008)
  • Michael Theunissen (1932-2015), German philosopher
  • Werner Theunissen (b. 1962), Swedish composer, producer and musician
  • Werner Theunissen (1942-2010), Dutch composer and musician
  • Nicolaas Theunissen (1867-1929), South African cricketer
  • Marthinus Wilhelminus S. Theunissen (1911-1983), South African two-time silver medalist at the 1934 British Empire Games and competitor at the 1936 Summer Olympics
  • James Theunissen (b. 1981), English cricketer
  • Corneille Henri Theunissen (1863-1918), French sculptor

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Citations


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Citations



    Other References

    1. Haverkamp, Alfred. Medieval Germany 1056-1273 2nd edition. Oxford: Oxford University Press, 1988. Print.
    2. Götze, Alfred. Familiennamen im badischen Oberland. Heidelberg: C. Winter, 1918. Print.
    3. Gottschald, Max. Deutsche Namenkunde unsere Familiennamen nach ihrer Entstehung und Bedeutung. München: J.F. Lehmanns Verlag, 1932. Print.
    4. Zieber, Eugene. Heraldry in America. Philadelphia: Genealogical Publishing Co. Print.
    5. Schenk, Trudy. Wuerttemberg Emigration Index Volume I-VIII. Salt Lake City: Ancestry Inc., 1986. Print.
    6. Matthews, John. Matthews' American Armoury and Blue Book. London: John Matthews, 1911. Print.
    7. Bahlow, Hans (Edda Gentry trns). Dictionary of German Names . Madison, Wisconsin: Max Kade Institute, 2002. Print. (ISBN 0-924119-35-7).
    8. Neubecker, Ottfried. Wappen-Bilder-Lexikon der bürgerlichen Geschlechter Deutschlands, Oesterreichs und der Schweiz. Battenberg, München: 1985. Print.
    9. Best, Hugh. Debrett's Texas Peerage. New York: Coward-McCann, 1983. Print. (ISBN 069811244X).
    10. Browning, Charles H. Americans of Royal Descent. Baltimore: Genealogical Publishing. Print.
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    The Theunissen Family Crest was acquired from the Houseofnames.com archives. The Theunissen 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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