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Téteghem in the arrondissement of Dunkirk
Téteghem in the arrondissement of Dunkirk
Téteghem is located in France
Location within Hauts-de-France region
Téteghem is located in Hauts-de-France
Coordinates: 51°01′08″N 2°26′38″E / 51.019°N 2.444°E / 51.019; 2.444Coordinates: 51°01′08″N 2°26′38″E / 51.019°N 2.444°E / 51.019; 2.444
Country France
Region Hauts-de-France
Department Nord
Arrondissement Dunkirk
Canton Dunkerque-Est
Intercommunality Dunkerque grand littoral
 • Mayor (2005–2008) Franck Dhersin
Area1 18.41 km2 (7.11 sq mi)
Population (1999)2 7,237
 • Density 390/km2 (1,000/sq mi)
Demonym(s) Téteghemois
Time zone CET (UTC+1)
 • Summer (DST) CEST (UTC+2)
INSEE/Postal code 59588 /59229
Elevation 0–10 m (0–33 ft)
(avg. 2 m or 6.6 ft)

1 French Land Register data, which excludes lakes, ponds, glaciers > 1 km2 (0.386 sq mi or 247 acres) and river estuaries.

2 Population without double counting: residents of multiple communes (e.g., students and military personnel) only counted once.

Téteghem is a former commune in the Nord department in northern France. On 1 January 2016, it was merged into the new commune Téteghem-Coudekerque-Village.[1]


Téteghem is one of the common ending -Hem. This suffix meaning house, dwelling or village became -Ghem. Tete- would come from a personal name; Tatto, perhaps, Theodore or Theodoric, personified by the giant of the town. Maybe this was the residence of Theodoric of Haverskerque. In the tenth and eleventh centuries, the territory depends on the powerful châtellerie Bergues until the annexation of territory with the acquisition of Flanders to the English by Louis XIV in 1662. Téteghem went down the sea, its area of 1924 hectares of which must be removed from the territory of Rosendal become Rosendaël in 1860 and the Place of Uxem, attached to Uxem in 1996. The area increased to 1884 ha.

In the Second World War, Téteghem formed part of the perimeter defences during the Battle of Dunkirk in 1940.


Arms of Téteghem
The arms of Téteghem are blazoned :
Checky argent and azure, a bend gules.

See also[edit]


  1. ^ Arrêté préfectoral 30 November 2015 (in French)