The roots of the Niehuus family lie in the German duchy of Westphalia
. The surname Niehuus 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.
Early Origins of the Niehuus family
The surname Niehuus 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.
Early History of the Niehuus family
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Niehuus Spelling Variations
Early Notables of the Niehuus family (pre 1700)
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Migration of the Niehuus family to the New World and Oceana
Some of the first settlers of this family name or some of its variants were: Christian Neuhaus, who settled in Nova Scotia in 1751; Anna Maria Niehaus, who came from Oldenburg to New York in 1840; Johann Niehaus, who emigrated from Westphalia
to Pennsylvania in 1844 with his wife and their two children, Joh Gerh Niehaus and his wife Elis Melle, who came from Westphalia
to Cincinnati in 1849 with their son, Ernst Niehaus, who was naturalized in Missouri in 1849.