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Where did the German Niehaus family come from? What is the German Niehaus family crest and coat of arms? When did the Niehaus family first arrive in the United States? Where did the various branches of the family go? What is the Niehaus family history?

The roots of the Niehaus family lie in the German duchy of Westphalia. The surname Niehaus is derived from two words, "nie," a Low German word meaning "new," and "haus," the standard German word for "house." Thus, the name may have been originally given to someone who owned his own house as opposed to being a tenant, or to someone who was connected with a new or important building in the settlement.

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Spelling variations of this family name include: Niehaus, Niehuus, Nihus, Neuhaus and others.

First found in the farmlands of Westphalia, where it is believed that the name first emerged. There are no reliable written records from this earliest period of the surname's history that show the original bearers, but it is likely that the name was first given to a prominent householder residing in this region.


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This web page shows only a small excerpt of our Niehaus research. Another 195 words(14 lines of text) covering the years 1582, 1590, 1657, 1590, 1657, 1795 and 1828 are included under the topic Early Niehaus History in all our PDF Extended History products.

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Another 41 words(3 lines of text) are included under the topic Early Niehaus Notables in all our PDF Extended History products.

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Some of the first settlers of this family name were:

Niehaus Settlers in the United States in the 19th Century


  • Clemens Niehaus, aged 38, landed in America in 1832
  • Clemens Florenz Niehaus, who arrived in America in 1833
  • Joh Gerh Heinr Niehaus, who arrived in America in 1837
  • Joh Niehaus, who landed in America in 1844
  • W Niehaus, who arrived in America in 1844


Niehaus Settlers in the United States in the 20th Century


  • Hendrich Niehaus, who arrived in Arkansas in 1906

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  • Friedrich Wilhelm Niehaus (b. 1889), physician who worked in the American Midwest
  • Dave Niehaus (1935-2010), American sportscaster
  • Lennie Niehaus (b. 1929), American alto saxophonist, arranger, and composer on the West Coast jazz scene
  • Tom Niehaus, American politician, Republican member of the Ohio Senate
  • Charles Henry Niehaus (1855-1935), American sculptor
  • Richard J. Niehaus (1892-1957), American Major League Baseball pitcher
  • Francis W. Niehaus (b. 1902), American professional football player
  • Heinrich Niehaus, German professor of political science working in the mid-twentieth century
  • Ruth Niehaus (b. 1928), famous German actress


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  2. Matthews, John. Matthews' American Armoury and Blue Book. London: John Matthews, 1911. Print.
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  5. Egle, William Henry. Pennsylvania Genealogies Scotch-Irish and German. Harrisburg: L.S. Hart, 1886. Print.
  6. Gottschald, Max. Deutsche Namenkunde unsere Familiennamen nach ihrer Entstehung und Bedeutung. München: J.F. Lehmanns Verlag, 1932. Print.
  7. Tobler-Meyer, Wilhelm. Familiennamen der Ostschweiz. Zürich: 1894. Print.
  8. Siebmacher, J.J. Siebmachers Wappenbuch. München, Battenberg: 1975. Print.
  9. Schenk, Trudy. Wuerttemberg Emigration Index Volume I-VIII. Salt Lake City: Ancestry Inc., 1986. Print.
  10. Garland, Mary and Henry Garland Editions. Oxford Companion To German Literature 3rd Edition. Oxford: Oxford University Press, 1997. Print. (ISBN 0198158963).
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The Niehaus Family Crest was acquired from the Houseofnames.com archives. The Niehaus Family Crest was drawn according to heraldic standards based on published blazons. We generally include the oldest published family crest once associated with each surname.

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