Struss History, Family Crest & Coats of Arms

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 Struss. 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 Struss family.

Early Origins of the Struss family

The surname Struss 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.

Early History of the Struss family

This web page shows only a small excerpt of our Struss research. Another 154 words (11 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 Struss History in all our PDF Extended History products and printed products wherever possible.

Struss 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 Struss include Strauss, Straus, Strous, Strouss, Strus, Struss, Straessle, Struessgen, Striuss, Strius and many more.

Early Notables of the Struss family (pre 1700)

Prominent bearers of the family name Struss 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...
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United States Struss migration to the United States +

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 America. 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:

Struss Settlers in United States in the 19th Century
  • Jacob Struss, who landed in Philadelphia in 1841
  • Katha Struss, aged 34, who arrived in New York in 1892 aboard the ship "Noordland" from Antwerp, Belgium [1]
Struss Settlers in United States in the 20th Century
  • Emil Struss, aged 26, originally from Drichsende, Germany, who arrived in New York in 1921 aboard the ship "George Washington" from Bremen, Germany [2]

Canada Struss migration to Canada +

Some of the first settlers of this family name were:

Struss Settlers in Canada in the 19th Century
  • Thomas Struss, who landed in Canada in 1898

Contemporary Notables of the name Struss (post 1700) +

  • Clarence Herbert "Steamboat" Struss (1909-1985), American Major League Baseball pitcher who played from 1934 with the Pittsburgh Pirates
  • Karl Struss A.S.C. (1886-1981), American photographer and a cinematographer active from the 1900s through the 1950s, one of the earliest pioneers of 3-D films
  • Kasia Struss (b. 1987), born Katarzyna Strusinska, a Polish model on Facebook
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