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The German state of Prussia, which reached the zenith of its power in the late 19th century, is the glorious birthplace of the distinguished surname Straus. In the medieval era, after the fall of the Roman Empire, the German lands were inhabited by a variety of Barbarian tribes. The borders of the Barbarian kingdoms changed frequently, but the region that became known in Prussia was roughly divided between the areas of Brandenburg-Prussia, West Prussia, and East Prussia. The colorful history of Brandenburg-Prussia, which is essentially the birthplace of modern Germany, provides a glimpse at the oldest origins of the Straus family.

Straus Early Origins



The surname Straus was first found in the Altmark region, where the family emerged in mediaeval times as one of the notable families of the region. One source suggests that the earliest origin of the name was in fact the Principality of Cologne; but other chronicles suggest the true origin to be the ancient province of Altmark, later the duchy of Brunswick. From the 13th century on the surname was identified with the great social and economic evolution which made these territories landmark contributors to the building of the nation.

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Straus Spelling Variations


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Straus Spelling Variations



In the medieval era, many different cultural groups lived in the German states. There are thus many regional variations of German surnames from that era. Westphalians spoke Low German, which is similar to modern Dutch. Many German names carry suffixes that identify where they came from. Others have phrases attached that identify something about the original bearer. Other variations in German names resulted from the fact that medieval scribes worked without the aid of any spelling rules. The spelling variations of the name Straus include Strauss, Straus, Strous, Strouss, Strus, Struss, Straessle, Struessgen, Striuss, Strius and many more.

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Straus Early History


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Straus Early History



This web page shows only a small excerpt of our Straus research. Another 278 words (20 lines of text) covering the years 1337, 1575, 1580, 1749, 1789, 1790, 1804, 1825, 1827, 1835, 1849, 1870, and 1899 are included under the topic Early Straus History in all our PDF Extended History products and printed products wherever possible.

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Straus Early Notables (pre 1700)


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Straus Early Notables (pre 1700)



Prominent bearers of the family name Straus during this time period were Christoph Strauss (1575-1580), who was a prominent Austrian composer at the Hapsburg court. In the 19th century, the Strauss family formed a dynasty of musicians and composers. Johann (1804-1849), a violinist and band leader, began the families...

Another 49 words (4 lines of text) are included under the topic Early Straus Notables in all our PDF Extended History products and printed products wherever possible.

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The Great Migration


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The Great Migration



Much of German history has been shaped by the state of Prussia. It was an enduring military power until after the Second World War. At that time, the state was abolished altogether and its land divided between the Soviet Union, Poland, East Germany and West Germany. While some Prussians were content to remain in those countries, others moved away, many of them migrating to North Ameri ca. They entered the United States mostly through Philadelphia, moving on to Ohio, Texas, Illinois, California, New York, and Maryland. Others went to Canada, settling on the prairies and in the province of Ontario. Among those of this surname listed in various historical records were:

Straus Settlers in United States in the 18th Century

  • George Nicklas Straus, who arrived in Pennsylvania in 1753
  • Albright Straus, who arrived in Pennsylvania in 1755
  • Bernard Straus, who landed in Pennsylvania in 1762
  • Jacob Straus, who arrived in Pennsylvania in 1765
  • Philip Straus, who arrived in Pennsylvania in 1765
  • ... (More are available in all our PDF Extended History products and printed products wherever possible.)

Straus Settlers in United States in the 19th Century

  • Nanette Straus, aged 19, landed in New York, NY in 1848
  • Yette Straus, aged 22, landed in New York, NY in 1848
  • Jacobus Straus, aged 58, landed in New York, NY in 1852
  • Gus Straus, who landed in Arkansas in 1889

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Contemporary Notables of the name Straus (post 1700)


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Contemporary Notables of the name Straus (post 1700)



  • Joyce Straus, American Democrat politician, Alternate Delegate to Democratic National Convention from New Jersey, 2000
  • Joe Straus, American Republican politician, Member of Texas State House of Representatives 121st District; Elected 2006, 2008; Elected unopposed 2010; Elected 2012
  • Jocelyn L. Straus, American Republican politician, Alternate Delegate to Republican National Convention from Texas, 1988
  • Jesse Isidor Straus (1872-1936), American politician, U.S. Ambassador to France, 1933-36
  • Isidor Straus (1845-1912), American Democrat politician, U.S. Representative from New York 15th District, 1894-95
  • Isaac Lobe Straus (1871-1946), American Democrat politician, Member of Maryland State House of Delegates, 1902; Maryland State Attorney General, 1907-11; Delegate to Democratic National Convention from Maryland, 1908
  • Herbert N. Straus, American Republican politician, Delegate to Republican National Convention from New York, 1928, 1932
  • Mrs. C. W. Straus, American Republican politician, Alternate Delegate to Republican National Convention from Tennessee, 1924
  • Kathleen Straus (b. 1923), American Democrat politician, Candidate for Wayne State University Board of Governors, 1972; Member of Michigan State Board of Education, 1993-
  • Leon Straus, American politician, Representative from New York 23rd District, 1948
  • ... (Another 10 notables are available in all our PDF Extended History products and printed products wherever possible.)

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Straus Historic Events


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Straus Historic Events




RMS Titanic

  • Isidor Straus (1845-1912), American entrepreneur, co-owner of R.H. Macy Co. he and his wife Rosalie Ida (née Blun), died on board the RMS Titanic and was recovered by CS Mackay-Bennett

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Citations


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Citations



    Other References

    1. Browning, Charles H. Americans of Royal Descent. Baltimore: Genealogical Publishing. Print.
    2. Bolton, Charles Knowles. Bolton's American Armory. Baltimore: Heraldic Book Company, 1964. Print.
    3. Brechenmacher, Josef Karlmann. Deutches Namenbuch. Stuttgart: Verlag von Adolf Bonz & Comp, 1928. Print.
    4. Matthews, John. Matthews' American Armoury and Blue Book. London: John Matthews, 1911. Print.
    5. Egle, William Henry. Pennsylvania Genealogies Scotch-Irish and German. Harrisburg: L.S. Hart, 1886. Print.
    6. Oswald, G. Lexicon der Heraldik. Leipzig: 1984. Print.
    7. Karlsruhe. Badisches Generallandesarchiv Baden Emigration lists 1866-1911. Salt Lake City: Microfilm of Card Index by the Genealogical Society of Utah. Print.
    8. Neubecker, Ottfried. Wappen-Bilder-Lexikon der bürgerlichen Geschlechter Deutschlands, Oesterreichs und der Schweiz. Battenberg, München: 1985. Print.
    9. Rietstap, Johannes Baptist. Armorial Général. Baltimore: Genealogical Publishing Co. Print.
    10. Robb H. Amanda and Andrew Chesler. Encyclopedia of American Family Names. New York: Haper Collins, 1995. Print. (ISBN 0-06-270075-8).
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    The Straus Family Crest was acquired from the Houseofnames.com archives. The Straus 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.

    This page was last modified on 10 December 2015 at 10:48.

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