Origins Available: German
The surname Tollens is derived from the German word toll, which means wild, crazy, and is often used to describe pranks and tricks. The original bearer of the name was known for pulling extensive, crazy practical jokes. A broad and miscellaneous class of surnames, nickname
surnames could refer either directly or indirectly 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. Nickname
surnames were frequently the result of a spontaneous reaction to a particular occasion or event.
Early Origins of the Tollens family
The surname Tollens was first found in Pomerania and Mecklenburg, where the name emerged in mediaeval 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. Chronicles first mention Herbord Tolle of Luebeck in 1325, and Johann Toelner of Rostock in 1345.
Early History of the Tollens family
This web page shows only a small excerpt of our Tollens research.Another 289 words (21 lines of text) covering the years 1619, 1723, 1770, 1805, 1806, 1833 and 1851 are included under the topic Early Tollens History in all our PDF Extended History products and printed products wherever possible.
Tollens Spelling Variations
of this family name include: Toll, Toller, Tolle, Toelner, Toelle, Toelner, Tollen and many more.
Early Notables of the Tollens family (pre 1700)
Prominent bearers of the name Tollens at this time were Heinrich Anton von Toll, who became captain of the Prussian regiment from Wedell in 1770, and died in 1805 as a major while fighting in... Another 35 words (2 lines of text) are included under the topic Early Tollens Notables in all our PDF Extended History products and printed products wherever possible.
Migration of the Tollens family to the New World and Oceana
Some of the first settlers of this family name or some of its variants were: Marie Toller, who came to New England
in 1635; and Daniel Toller, who came to Philadelphia in 1802. Johann Christian Tolle arrived in Philadelphia in 1753.
Contemporary Notables of the name Tollens (post 1700)
- Hendrik Tollens (1780-1856), Dutch poet