- 2020: 14 baby boys named Thielen
- 2019: 34 baby boys named Thielen
- 12 born in Minnesota, 5 born in South Dakota
- 2018: 21 baby boys named Theilen [debut]
- 10 born in Minnesota
- 2017: unlisted
- 2016: unlisted
Where did it come from?
Professional football player Adam Thielen, who’s been a wide receiver for the Minnesota Vikings since 2013. His surname is pronounced THEE-len (the “th” is unvoiced, as in the words theme, or three).
He’s a Minnesota native who also played football for Minnesota State University (2009-2012), so it seems appropriate that a good proportion of the usage has occurred in Minnesota specifically. :)
Adam Thielen’s breakout season was 2016. His next two seasons were so successful that he ended up being both chosen for the Pro Bowl (2018 & 2019) and voted an NFL Top 100 Player (2018 & 2019) twice in a row.
The German/Dutch surname Thielen can be traced back to the early medieval name Thietilo, a pet form of Dietrich, Diederik, or any other compound personal name starting with the Germanic element theud-, meaning “people,” “race.”
What are your thoughts on this name? Would you use it?
- Adam Thielen – Wikipedia
- Hanks, Patrick. (Ed.) Dictionary of American Family Names. New York: Oxford University Press, 2003.