Show ContentsStreich History, Family Crest & Coats of Arms

The distinguished Germany surname Streich has two distinct origins. Firstly, it is derived from the place name "Streek," a town located in Odenwald; in this instance, the name would have been initially borne by someone who hailed from this town. Alternatively, Streich is an occupational name, deriving from the Middle High German word "stricher," meaning "tester." In this instance, the name would have originally been used to designate someone in this occupation, eventually being passed down as a hereditary surname.

Early Origins of the Streich family

The surname Streich was first found in Austria, where the name emerged in mediaeval times as one of the notable families of the region. From the 13th century the surname was identified with the great social and economic evolution which made this territory a landmark contributor to the development of the nation.

While the name is generally understood to be Austrian, interestingly in England we found, Reginald le Strikere in Lincolnshire in 1297 and Thomas Strikere in the Feet of Fines for Suffolk in 1360. [1]

Early History of the Streich family

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Streich Spelling Variations

Spelling variations of this family name include: Streich, Streicher, Streiche, Strycher, Streichle, Streichel, Streichler and many more.

Early Notables of the Streich family (pre 1700)

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United States Streich migration to the United States +

Some of the first settlers of this family name were:

Streich Settlers in United States in the 19th Century
  • Gottlieb Streich and F. Streich, who both immigrated to Philadelphia in 1855
  • Charles Streich, who settled in Pennsylvania in 1873

Contemporary Notables of the name Streich (post 1700) +

  • Phillip M. Streich, American Republican politician, Delegate to Republican National Convention from Ohio, 1912 [2]
  • Joachim Streich (1951-2022), German footballer who won the bronze medal with East Germany at the 1972 Summer Olympics in Munich
  • Rita Streich (b. 1926), German soprano noted for her outstanding performances of Mozart and Strauss

SS Atlantic
  • Lorghiln Streich, who was traveling aboard the ship "SS Atlantic" when it struck rocks off Nova Scotia in 1873, died in the sinking

  1. Reaney, P.H and R.M. Wilson, A Dictionary of English Surnames. London: Routledge, 1991. Print. (ISBN 0-415-05737-X)
  2. The Political Graveyard: Alphabetical Name Index. (Retrieved 2015, November 12) . Retrieved from on Facebook