Thonissen History, Family Crest & Coats of Arms

The German surname Thonissen 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 Thonissen, thus, comes about as a patronymic, a surname derived from the personal name of the father.

Early Origins of the Thonissen family

The surname Thonissen was first found in Westphalia and the Lower Rhineland, where the name Thonissen 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.

Early History of the Thonissen family

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Thonissen 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.

Early Notables of the Thonissen family (pre 1700)

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United States Thonissen migration to the United States +

Some of the first settlers of this family name were:

Thonissen Settlers in United States in the 17th Century
  • Barent Thonissen, aged 22, who arrived in New York in 1631 [1]
  • Cornelis Thonissen, aged 20, who landed in New York in 1632 [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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