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The surname of TEWS was a Low German surname derived from the personal name Mathiess. The name was found in medieval registers throughout Europe in the Middle Ages, and means 'gracious gift of Jehovah'. It was an exceedingly popular font name during the 11th and 12th Centuries. This given name was of biblical origin, ultimately from the Hebrew male font name Matityahu, recorded in the Greek New Testament in the form Matthias. The first hereditary surnames on German soil are found in the second half of the 12th century, slightly later than in England and France. However, it was not until the 16th century that they became stabilized. The practice of adopting hereditary surnames began in the southern areas of Germany, and gradually spread northwards during the Middle Ages. The name is also spelt THEUSS, DEUSS, THEIS and THEES. The name was taken to the New land and when the first immigrants from Europe went to America, the only names current there were Indian names which did not appeal to Europeans vocally, and the Indian names did not influence the surnames or Christian names already possessed by the immigrants. Mostly the immigrant could not read or write and had little or no knowledge as to the proper spelling, and their names suffered at the hands of the government officials. The early town records are full of these misspelled names most of which gradually changed back to a more conventional spelling as education progressed. A notable member of the name was Matilda Geneva THEIS, born on the 22nd December, 1905 in Lawrenceburg, Indiana. She was a nursing consultant, and President of the Ninth District, Illinois Nurses. She resided at Carlinville, Illionois. In the Middle Ages heraldry came into use as a practical matter. It originated in the devices used to distinguish the armoured warriors in tournament and war, and was also placed on seals as marks of identity. As far as records show, true heraldry began in the middle of the 12th century, and appeared almost simultaneously in several countries of Western Europe.

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