Theys History, Family Crest & Coats of Arms

The name Theys came to England with the ancestors of the Theys family in the Norman Conquest of 1066. It comes from the Old French given name Tieis.

Early Origins of the Theys family

The surname Theys was first found in Essex where they held a family seat from early times as Lords of the manor of Tey, after the Norman Conquest in 1066, and were granted the lands by King William after the Battle of Hastings. They were descended from the Norman French De Toye.

Early History of the Theys family

This web page shows only a small excerpt of our Theys research. Another 75 words (5 lines of text) covering the years 1378, 1540, 1577, 1540, 1556, 1611, 1663 and 1611 are included under the topic Early Theys History in all our PDF Extended History products and printed products wherever possible.

Theys Spelling Variations

Anglo-Norman names tend to be marked by an enormous number of spelling variations. This is largely due to the fact that Old and Middle English lacked any spelling rules when Norman French was introduced in the 11th century. The languages of the English courts at that time were French and Latin. These various languages mixed quite freely in the evolving social milieu. The final element of this mix is that medieval scribes spelled words according to their sounds rather than any definite rules, so a name was often spelled in as many different ways as the number of documents it appeared in. The name was spelled Tey, Tay, Teyas, They, Toye, Teye and others.

Early Notables of the Theys family (pre 1700)

Outstanding amongst the family at this time was Humphrey Toy, (1540-1577), English printer, born probably in London about 1540, son of Robert Toy, printer. His father (d...
Another 26 words (2 lines of text) are included under the topic Early Theys Notables in all our PDF Extended History products and printed products wherever possible.


United States Theys migration to the United States +

Because of the political and religious discontent in England, families began to migrate abroad in enormous numbers. Faced with persecution and starvation at home, the open frontiers and generally less oppressive social environment of the New World seemed tantalizing indeed to many English people. The trip was difficult, and not all made it unscathed, but many of those who did get to Canada and the United States made important contributions to the young nations in which they settled. Some of the first North American settlers with Theys name or one of its variants:

Theys Settlers in United States in the 18th Century
  • Johann Georg Theys, who arrived in Pennsylvania in 1773 [1]


  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)


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