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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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The surname Straub was 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.

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.


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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 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 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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  • Simon Straub, American politician, Burgess of Ashland, Pennsylvania, 1927-29
  • Robert William Straub (1920-2002), American Democrat politician, Member of Oregon State Senate, 1959-63; Oregon State Treasurer, 1965-73; Governor of Oregon, 1975-79; Defeated, 1966, 1978
  • Jacqueline Straub, American Democrat politician, Delegate to Democratic National Convention from Washington, 2000
  • Gerard B. Straub, American Democrat politician, Chair of Elk County Democratic Party, 1927
  • George Straub, American Democrat politician, Delegate to Democratic National Convention from New York, 1888
  • F. Fredolin Straub, American politician, Member of New York State Assembly from New York County 13th District, 1917
  • Ernie Straub, American Republican politician, Delegate to Republican National Convention from Kansas, 2008
  • Christian Markle Straub (1804-1860), American Democrat politician, Schuylkill County Sheriff, 1849; U.S. Representative from Pennsylvania 11th District, 1853-55; Member of Pennsylvania State Senate, 1856-58
  • Chester J. Straub (b. 1937), American Democrat politician, Member of New York State Assembly 35th District, 1967-72; Presidential Elector for New York, 1992
  • Terrence Straub, American Democrat politician, Delegate to Democratic National Convention from Indiana, 1972

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  • Johann Reibenspies and his Descendants by Elaine Farrell Summers.
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  2. Strassburger, Ralph B. Pennsylvania German Pioneers The Original Lists of Arrivals in the Port of Philadelphia 3 Volumes. Baltimore: Picton Press, 1992. Print. (ISBN 978-0929539980).
  3. Weis, Frederick Lewis, Walter Lee Sheppard and David Faris. Ancestral Roots of Sixty Colonists Who Came to New England Between 1623 and 1650 7th Edition. Baltimore: Genealogical Publishing, 1992. Print. (ISBN 0806313676).
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  6. Rietstap, Johannes Baptist. Armorial Général. Baltimore: Genealogical Publishing Co. Print.
  7. Steed, Henry Wickham . The Hapsburg Monarchy. London: Constable and Company, 1919. Print.
  8. Haverkamp, Alfred. Medieval Germany 1056-1273 2nd edition. Oxford: Oxford University Press, 1988. Print.
  9. Oswald, G. Lexicon der Heraldik. Leipzig: 1984. 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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