This unusual name is of German origin deriving from any of the various Slavic personal names e.g. Techmir having as their first element "tech" meaning "comfort" plus "mir" great or famous which in German have become Tes(s)mer, Tessmain etc. The name appears in London Church Registers under three variant spellings: Tes(s)man, Tetzman and Tiesman from the late 17th Century. On November 19th 1684 George Tesman, an infant was christened at St. Benet, Paul's Wharf and on August 5th 1831 Johanna Hendrika Tiesman married Emanuel Herman Francois de Roubuis in St.Leonard's, Shoreditch. The name is recorded heraldically as Tessman in Rietstap's Armorial General, the Coat of Arms being divided vertically is "Red and Silver charged with a Deer's Antler and an Horn", the latter representing plenty. The first recorded spelling of the family name is shown to be that of George Tiesman married Sarah Mascall, which was dated April 17th 1750 at St, Katherine, Cree Church, London, during the reign of King George II, The Last Warrior King, 1727 - 1760. Surnames became necessary when governments introduced personal taxation. In England this was known as Poll Tax. Throughout the centuries, surnames in every country have continued to "develop" often leading to astonishing variants of the original spelling.
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