Show ContentsGaus History, Family Crest & Coats of Arms

The German surname Gaus is derived from the Middle High German word "ganser," which means "gander." Generally it came was a name for people, whose occupation involved raising geese.

Early Origins of the Gaus family

The surname Gaus was first found in Brunswick, where the name is considered to have made a great contribution to the feudal society which became the backbone early development in Europe. The name became prominent in local affairs and branched into many houses which played important roles in savage tribal and national conflicts, each group seeking power and status in an ever changing territorial profile. The family name also spread to Thuringia and to East Prussia.

Early History of the Gaus family

This web page shows only a small excerpt of our Gaus research. Another 136 words (10 lines of text) covering the years 1797, 1839, 1796, 1819, 1825, 1804, 1826, 1833, 1837, 1845, 1806, 1826, 1837 and 1869 are included under the topic Early Gaus History in all our PDF Extended History products and printed products wherever possible.

Gaus Spelling Variations

Spelling variations of this family name include: Gans, Ganss, Ganse, Gansse, Ganz, Ganze, Gantz and many more.

Early Notables of the Gaus family (pre 1700)

Notables of the time included Eduard Ganz (1797-1839) was a German jurist born in Berlin, who taught law at the university. He was a liberal thinker and his course in Modern History was banned by the Prussian government. Adolf Ganz, born Oct. 14, 1796, was a violinist who studied harmony under Hollbusch; conductor at Mayence (1819), Capellmeister to the Grand Duke of Hesse Darmstadt (1825); composed a melodrama, overtures, marches, Lieder, and choruses for men's voices. His brother, Moritz, a cellist of the old school, born 1804, was first cello under Adolph at Mayence, and (1826) in the royal band at Berlin, where...
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United States Gaus migration to the United States +

Some of the first settlers of this family name were:

Gaus Settlers in United States in the 19th Century
  • A M Gaus, who arrived in America in 1848 [1]
  • Julius Gottlieb Wolfgang Gaus, who landed in America in 1850 [1]
  • Michael Gaus, who landed in Washington County, Pennsylvania in 1857 [1]
  • Dennis Gaus, who landed in Allegany (Allegheny) County, Pennsylvania in 1870 [1]

Contemporary Notables of the name Gaus (post 1700) +

  • Gerald Gaus (1952-2020), American philosopher and writer best known for authoring the non-fiction book The Tyranny of the Ideal: Justice in a Diverse Society
  • John Gaus, American politician, Member of Pennsylvania State House of Representatives from Lycoming County, 1879-80 [2]
  • Charles Henry Gaus (1840-1909), American Republican politician, Mayor of Albany, New York, 1902-08; New York state comptroller, 1909 [2]

  1. Filby, P. William, Meyer, Mary K., Passenger and immigration lists index : a guide to published arrival records of about 500,000 passengers who came to the United States and Canada in the seventeenth, eighteenth, and nineteenth centuries. 1982-1985 Cumulated Supplements in Four Volumes Detroit, Mich. : Gale Research Co., 1985, Print (ISBN 0-8103-1795-8)
  2. The Political Graveyard: Alphabetical Name Index. (Retrieved 2015, November 3) . Retrieved from on Facebook