Thelen Family History

14-Day Free Trial


Thelen Name Meaning

Dutch and North German: patronymic from a pet form of the personal name Thietilo, of Germanic origin, derived from a short form of Theodoric (see Terry 1). Swedish: from an unexplained first element (see Thelander) + the common ornamental suffix -en.

Source: Dictionary of American Family Names ©2013, Oxford University Press

Similar surnames: Helin, Halen, Thalken, Thielen, Tieken, Then, Thomen, Theilen, Theel

Ready to discover your family story?

Simply start with yourself and we'll do the searching for you.


Thelen Ethnicity Estimate

What are the common regions with the Thelen name?

These results combine data from everyone in the AncestryDNA® database with the last name Thelen. The Ancestry® ethnicity regions shown are top five most common on average for these people.

Explore the full experience here
  • England & Wales


  • Germanic Europe


  • Ireland & Scotland


  • Eastern Europe & Russia


  • Norway


Your own DNA-based ethnicity estimate will differ from what you see here. To get your personalized ethnicity estimate, order an AncestryDNA® kit.order an AncestryDNA® kit.

Order a DNA Kit Today

Thelen Family Origin

Where is the Thelen family from?

Thelen Family Occupations

What did your Thelen ancestors do for a living?

In 1880, the most common Thelen occupation in the USA was Farmer. 56% of Thelen's were Farmers. A less common occupation for the Thelen family was Cabinet Maker. Farmer, Laborer and Blacksmith were the top 3 reported jobs worked by Thelen.

View Census data for Thelen | Data not to scale

  • Farmer

  • Laborer

  • Blacksmith

  • Cabinet Maker


Census records can tell you a lot of little known facts about your Thelen ancestors, such as occupation. Occupation can tell you about your ancestor's social and economic status.

Thelen Historical Records

What Thelen family records will you find?

Census Record

There are 9,000 census records available for the last name Thelen. Like a window into their day-to-day life, Thelen census records can tell you where and how your ancestors worked, their level of education, veteran status, and more.

Search 1940's US census records for Thelen

Passenger List

There are 1,000 immigration records available for the last name Thelen. Passenger lists are your ticket to knowing when your ancestors arrived in the USA, and how they made the journey - from the ship name to ports of arrival and departure.

View all Thelen immigration records

Draft Card

There are 3,000 military records available for the last name Thelen. For the veterans among your Thelen ancestors, military collections provide insights into where and when they served, and even physical descriptions.

View all Thelen military records

You've only scratched the surface of Thelen family history.

Thelen Life Expectancy

What is the average Thelen lifespan?

Between 1946 and 2004, in the United States, Thelen life expectancy was at its lowest point in 1946, and highest in 1999. The average life expectancy for Thelen in 1946 was 25, and 76 in 2004.

View Social Security Death Index (SSDI) for Thelen

An unusually short lifespan might indicate that your Thelen ancestors lived in harsh conditions. A short lifespan might also indicate health problems that were once prevalent in your family. The SSDI is a searchable database of more than 70 million names. You can find birthdates, death dates, addresses and more.

Famous Thelen Family Ancestors

Discover the unique achievements of ancestors in your family tree

Famous ancestors img
Look up another name