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The German state of Prussia, which reached the zenith of its power in the late 19th century, is the glorious birthplace of the distinguished surname Tietz. In the medieval era, after the fall of the Roman Empire, the German lands were inhabited by a variety of Barbarian tribes. The borders of the Barbarian kingdoms changed frequently, but the region that became known in Prussia was roughly divided between the areas of Brandenburg-Prussia, West Prussia, and East Prussia. The colorful history of Brandenburg-Prussia, which is essentially the birthplace of modern Germany, provides a glimpse at the oldest origins of the Tietz family.

Early Origins of the Tietz family

The surname Tietz was first found in northern Germany, especially Hamburg, where the name acquired prominence for its contribution to the emerging mediaeval society. It later became more recognized as many branches of the same house acquired distant estates and branches, some in foreign countries, elevating their social status through their great contributions to society. Chronicles suggest that the name is a northern German variation of Dietrich or Diederich. Chronicles first mention one Tidemannus (Tidericus) of Hamburg in 1262.

Later, Tiedemann Giese (1480-1550), was Bishop of Kulm was Bishop of Kulm (Chelmno) first canon, later Prince-Bishop of Warmia. He mentored a number of important young scholars, including Copernicus.

Early History of the Tietz family

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Tietz Spelling Variations

One can encounter great variation in the spelling of surnames: in early times, spelling in general, and thus the spelling of names was not yet standardized; and later, spellings would change with branching and movement of families. Variations of the name Tietz include Tiedeman, Tiedmann, Tiedman, Tiedermann, Tiederman, Tidman, Tidmann, Teedman, Teedmen, Teideman, Teidemann, Thiedemann and many more.

Early Notables of the Tietz family

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United States Tietz migration to the United States +

Much of German history has been shaped by the state of Prussia. It was an enduring military power until after the Second World War. At that time, the state was abolished altogether and its land divided between the Soviet Union, Poland, East Germany and West Germany. While some Prussians were content to remain in those countries, others moved away, many of them migrating to North America. They entered the United States mostly through Philadelphia, moving on to Ohio, Texas, Illinois, California, New York, and Maryland. Others went to Canada, settling on the prairies and in the province of Ontario. Among those of this surname listed in various historical records were:

Tietz Settlers in United States in the 18th Century
  • Michael Tietz, who landed in Pennsylvania in 1754 1
  • Johann Philip Tietz, who arrived in New York, NY in 1782 1
Tietz Settlers in United States in the 19th Century
  • Ludwig Tietz, who landed in Allegany (Allegheny) County, Pennsylvania in 1874 1
  • Catharine Tietz, aged 24, who arrived in New York in 1875 1
  • Friedrich Tietz, aged 23, who landed in New York in 1875 1
  • Heinrich Tietz, who arrived in New York in 1875 1
  • Jacob Tietz, aged 29, who landed in New York in 1875 1

Contemporary Notables of the name Tietz (post 1700) +

  • Gerold Tietz (1941-2009), German author
  • Marion Tietz (1952-1976), East German silver and bronze medalist handball player at the 1976 Summer Olympics and 1980 Summer Olympics
  • Viktor Tietz (1859-1937), Czech–German chess player
  • Leonhard Tietz (1849-1914), German-Jewish merchant

RMS Titanic
  • Mr. Karl Tietz (d. 1912), aged 27, English Kitchen Porter from Southampton, Hampshire who worked aboard the RMS Titanic and died in the sinking 2

  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. Titanic Passenger List - Titanic Facts. (Retrieved 2016, July 13) . Retrieved from on Facebook