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Tirion, a Dutch Mennonite family whose ancestor, Darther Christoffel Geeraerdtsoon Tierjon (1605-1653), moved from Belgium to Rotterdam, Holland, where he died. His son Izaak Tirion (1628-1699) lived at Rotterdam and later at Gouda, where he was a deacon in the church. Izaak was married to Suzanna Nieukerck of Amsterdam. His sister Jannetje Tirion was married to Abraham van Loon of Gouda. His son Christoffel Tirion (1675-1711) studied medicine, and after obtaining his M.D. degree studied for the ministry under Galenus Abrahamsz at Amsterdam, and served as preacher in the Amsterdam Lamist congregation 1700-1703. In August 1703 he was censured and excluded from the communion service because of misconduct. In June 1704 he was called as preacher by the Mennonite congregation of Utrecht. Here he was preacher with the conservative Jakob van Griethuyzen, and the majority of the congregation were strongly opposed to Tirion's more liberal views. When a number of his followers severely criticized van Griethuyzen, a schism seemed inevitable, but this was averted by the resignation of Tirion in 1720; he moved to Amsterdam, where he practiced medicine until his death in the next year. Besides his medical thesis of 1695 he published Predicatie over de Versoekinge onses Heeren Jesu Christi, a sermon (Amsterdam, 1700), and Lykreden (funeral sermon) over Johannes Andries (Utrecht, 1706). Christoffel Tirion was married to Dorothea Aldenhove; their son was Izaak Tirion (1708-65), married ca. 1730 to Johanna Abrahams Fries (1708-34) of Amsterdam and after her death to Johanna Koster (d. 1793) of Alkmaar. Izaak was also a loyal member of the church and a warm friend of Collegiantism, serving 1746-1751 as a trustee of "De Oranjeappel", the Collegiant orphanage. He was a successful printer and publisher of books at Amsterdam. The publishing business was continued by his son and his grandson, both named Izaak Tirion. The latter conducted it until 1811, when he entered into partnership with the Mennonite publisher Johannes Müller.

Jacob Tirion (1703-1768), a son of Christoffel Tirion, moved to Krefeld, Germany, and founded the Krefeld branch of this family; his daughter Hester Tirion (b. 1740) was married to Wopko Molenaar, a Mennonite pastor of Krefeld. Jan Tirion (Krefeld 1745-Amsterdam 1832) moved back to Amsterdam. His grandson Jan Tirion was a deacon of the Mennonite congregation at The Hague.

In 1585 there was among the Mennonites of Ghent, Belgium, a Pieter Tryon, from whom this family may have descended. Risler is, however, of the opinion that the Tirion family originated from the area of Liège, Belgium, the name originally having been Thierry.


Berghuys, H. B. Geschiedenis der Doopsgezinde gemeente te Utrecht. 1926: 45.

Doopsgezinde Bijdragen (1863): 24, 84; (1896): 61, 70; (1918): 64.

Hoop Scheffer, Jacob Gijsbert de. Inventaris der Archiefstukken berustende bij de Vereenigde Doopsgezinde Gemeente to Amsterdam, 2 vols. Amsterdam: Uitgegeven en ten geschenke aangeboden door den Kerkeraad dier Gemeente, 1883-1884: v. II, Nos. 684 ff., 1767, 2296.

Risler, Walther. "Ein europäisches Stammbuch vor 150 Jahren: das Tirionsche Freundschaftsalbum." Die Heimat XXV (1954) No. 3-4: 137-140.

Author(s) Nanne van der Zijpp
Date Published 1959

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