Nissen could be from the surname Nissen. According to Hanks & Hodges' A Dictionary of Surnames,
, that has two different derivations:
1. From the Yiddish male name Nisn, itself derived from Nisan
, the name of a month in the Hebrew calendar.
2. From a German
and Danish partonymic from Nicholas
; a surname found mostly in Schleswig.
P.S. Teila cannot be from the Hawaiian language, because there is no "T" in Hawaiian. :)
This message was edited by the author on February 18, 2009 at 11:43:25 AM
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