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The name Thiess is part of the ancient legacy of the early Norman inhabitants that arrived in England after the Norman Conquest of 1066. Thiess was a Norman name used for a fiesty or hot-tempered person. The name is a metaphor derived from the Old French word tison meaning fire-brand. A broad and miscellaneous class of surnames, nickname surnames referred to a characteristic of the first person who used the name. They can describe the bearer's favored style of clothing, appearance, habits, or character.

Thiess Early Origins



The surname Thiess was first found in Northumberland where they held a family seat from early times, where the name originally was Tesson, one of the most powerful families in Normandy seated at Angouleme. Their history is French more than Viking and they distinguished themselves against the Saracens in 725. They were later seated at Anjou and Raoul Tesson the first Lord of Cingueleiz led 120 knights at Val-Des-Dunes in 1047. Gilbert Tesson, his brother, obtained the barony of Alnwick from King Edward the Confessor, England's Saxon King, and was killed at the Battle of Hastings, fighting on the Saxon side.

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Thiess Spelling Variations


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Thiess Spelling Variations



It is only in the last few hundred years that the English language has been standardized. For that reason, Anglo-Norman surnames like Thiess are characterized by many spelling variations. Scribes and monks in the Middle Ages spelled names they sounded, so it is common to find several variations that refer to a single person. As the English language changed and incorporated elements of other European languages such as Norman French and Latin, even literate people regularly changed the spelling of their names. The variations of the name Thiess include Tyson, Tesson, Tewson, Tiuson, Tison, Dyson and many more.

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Thiess Early History


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Thiess Early History



This web page shows only a small excerpt of our Thiess research. Another 163 words (12 lines of text) covering the years 1309, 1651, 1708 and 1680 are included under the topic Early Thiess History in all our PDF Extended History products and printed products wherever possible.

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Thiess Early Notables (pre 1700)


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Thiess Early Notables (pre 1700)



Another 49 words (4 lines of text) are included under the topic Early Thiess Notables in all our PDF Extended History products and printed products wherever possible.

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Faced with the chaos present in England at that time, many English families looked towards the open frontiers of the New World with its opportunities to escape oppression and starvation. People migrated to North America, as well as Australia and Ireland in droves, paying exorbitant rates for passages in cramped, unsafe ships. Many of the settlers did not make the long passage alive, but those who did see the shores of North America were welcomed with great opportunity. Many of the families that came from England went on to make essential contributions to the emerging nations of Canada and the United States. Some of the first immigrants to cross the Atlantic and come to North America carried the name Thiess, or a variant listed above:

Thiess Settlers in United States in the 18th Century

  • Joh Ludwig Thiess, who landed in Massachusetts in 1751
  • Henry Thiess, who arrived in Philadelphia, Pennsylvania in 1772
  • Christiana Wilhelmina Thiess, who landed in Philadelphia, Pennsylvania in 1772
  • Carl Thiess, who arrived in America in 1778
  • Ferdinand Thiess, who arrived in America in 1779
  • ... (More are available in all our PDF Extended History products and printed products wherever possible.)

Thiess Settlers in United States in the 19th Century

  • Wilhelm Thiess, who landed in Galveston, Tex in 1845
  • A H Thiess, who landed in New York in 1850

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Contemporary Notables of the name Thiess (post 1700)


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Contemporary Notables of the name Thiess (post 1700)



  • Heidi Thiess, American Republican politician, Candidate in primary for Texas State House of Representatives 24th District, 2012
  • Frank Thiess (1890-1977), German writer
  • Ursula Thiess (1924-2010), German film actress, known for her roles in Bandido (1956), Monsoon (1952) and The Iron Glove (1954)

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    Other References

    1. Crozier, William Armstrong Edition. Crozier's General Armory A Registry of American Families Entitled to Coat Armor. New York: Fox, Duffield, 1904. Print.
    2. MacAulay, Thomas Babington. History of England from the Accession of James the Second 4 volumes. New York: Harper and Brothers, 1879. Print.
    3. Papworth, J.W and A.W Morant. Ordinary of British Armorials. London: T.Richards, 1874. Print.
    4. Magnusson, Magnus. Chambers Biographical Dictionary 5th edition. Edinburgh: W & R Chambers, 1990. Print.
    5. Bowman, George Ernest. The Mayflower Reader A Selection of Articales from The Mayflower Descendent. Baltimore: Genealogical Publishing. Print.
    6. Bolton, Charles Knowles. Bolton's American Armory. Baltimore: Heraldic Book Company, 1964. Print.
    7. Bardsley, C.W. A Dictionary of English and Welsh Surnames: With Special American Instances. Wiltshire: Heraldry Today, 1901. Print. (ISBN 0-900455-44-6).
    8. Library of Congress. American and English Genealogies in the Library of Congress. Baltimore: Genealogical Publishing, 1967. Print.
    9. Passenger Lists of Vessels Arriving at Galveston Texas 1896-1951. National Archives Washington DC. Print.
    10. Bradford, William. History of Plymouth Plantation 1620-1647 Edited by Samuel Eliot Morrison 2 Volumes. New York: Russell and Russell, 1968. Print.
    11. ...

    The Thiess Family Crest was acquired from the Houseofnames.com archives. The Thiess 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.

    This page was last modified on 22 October 2015 at 14:00.

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