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

The Straub surname is derived from the Old High German "strub, " equivalent to the Latin "strobilus," meaning "unkempt." As such, it was probably originally a nickname for someone who appeared scruffy-haired. Nickname surnames came from eke-names, or added names, that described their initial bearer through reference to a physical characteristic or other attribute.

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One can encounter great variation in the spelling of surnames: in early times, spelling in general, and thus the spelling of names was not yet standardized; and later, spellings would change with branching and movement of families. Variations of the name Straub include Straub, Strube, Struwe, Strufe, Strob, Strauber, Strauble, Strubel, Strobel, Strubing, Struwing and many more.

First found in the southern provinces of mediaeval Germany, where the name Straub was closely identified in this period with the feudal society that would eventually shape the course of European history. The name would later emerge as a noble family with great influence, having many distinguished branches in Southern Bavaria, and become noted for its involvement in social, economic and political affairs.


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This web page shows only a small excerpt of our Straub research. Another 199 words(14 lines of text) are included under the topic Early Straub History in all our PDF Extended History products.

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Another 45 words(3 lines of text) are included under the topic Early Straub Notables in all our PDF Extended History products.

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An examination into the immigration and passenger lists has discovered a number of people bearing the name Straub:

Straub Settlers in the United States in the 18th Century


  • J. Straub, who came to New York in 1710
  • Jno Straub, who landed in New York in 1710
  • Johannes Straub, who landed in New York, NY in 1710-1714
  • Maria Straub, who arrived in Pennsylvania in 1733
  • Peter Straub, who arrived in Pennsylvania in 1733


Straub Settlers in the United States in the 19th Century


  • Joh Jak Straub, who arrived in America in 1807
  • John Nichol Straub settled in Allegheny County, Pennsylvania in 1834
  • John Straub, who arrived in Allegany (Allegheny) County, Pennsylvania in 1834
  • John Nichol Straub, who arrived in Allegany (Allegheny) County, Pennsylvania in 1835
  • Henry Straub, who landed in Missouri in 1840


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  • Philip Straub, award winning American digital artist
  • Peter Francis Straub (b. 1943), American Novelist
  • Alexander Straub (b. 1983), German pole vaulter medalist
  • Johann Baptist Straub (1704-1784), German Rococo sculptor
  • Jürgen Straub (b. 1953), East German Olympic middle distance runner
  • Peter P. Straub (1850-1913), German-born founder of the Straub Brewery in Pennsylvania in 1872
  • John E Straub Ph.D., Professor of chemistry at Boston University
  • Jean-Marie Straub, French film director
  • Detmar Straub, J. Mack Robinson Distinguished Professor of Information Systems at Georgia State University
  • Hans Straub (b. 1928), Swiss three-time Olympic sprint canoer

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  • Johann Reibenspies and his Descendants by Elaine Farrell Summers.
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  2. Jones, George F. The Germans of Colonial Georgia 1733-1783 Revised edition. Baltimore: Genealogical Publishing, 1986. Print. (ISBN 0806311614).
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  9. Crozier, William Armstrong Edition. Crozier's General Armory A Registry of American Families Entitled to Coat Armor. New York: Fox, Duffield, 1904. Print.
  10. Nied, Edmund. Fraenkische Familiennamen urkundlich gesammelt und sprachlich gedeutet. Heidelberg: C. Winter, 1933. Print.
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The Straub Family Crest was acquired from the Houseofnames.com archives. The Straub 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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