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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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The surname Niehaus was 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.

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


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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 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 United States in the 20th Century


  • Hendrich Niehaus, who arrived in Arkansas in 1906

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  • Francis W. Niehaus (b. 1902), American professional football player
  • Richard J. Niehaus (1892-1957), American Major League Baseball pitcher
  • Charles Henry Niehaus (1855-1935), American sculptor
  • Tom Niehaus, American politician, Republican member of the Ohio Senate
  • Lennie Niehaus (b. 1929), American alto saxophonist, arranger, and composer on the West Coast jazz scene
  • Dave Niehaus (1935-2010), American sportscaster
  • William R. Niehaus, American politician, Candidate for New York State Assembly 94th District, 1966
  • John M. Niehaus, American politician, Circuit Judge in Illinois 10th Circuit, 1919-25
  • Frank X. Niehaus, American Democrat politician, Mayor of North College Hill, Ohio, 1960-63; Defeated, 1963
  • Friedrich Wilhelm Niehaus (b. 1889), physician who worked in the American Midwest

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