Strauss Family History
Strauss Name Meaning
German: nickname for an awkward or belligerent person from Middle High German strūz ‘quarrel complaint’. German and Jewish (Ashkenazic): from Middle High German strūze German Strauss ‘ostrich’ hence a topographic or habitational name referring to a house distinguished by the sign of an ostrich or (among the German nobility) a nickname for someone whose coat-of-arms featured an ostrich or a nickname for someone thought to resemble the bird. In some cases the Jewish surname was artificial. This surname (in any of the possible senses; see also 1 above and 3 below) is also found in some other European countries e.g. in France (Alsace and Lorraine) the Netherlands Poland and Czechia. German: topographic name from Middle High German strūz ‘bush bundle’. Americanized (or Germanized) form of Slovenian Štraus or Štravs (see Straus ) Czech and Slovak Štraus and perhaps also of Polish Slovenian etc. Straus 1 all ultimately of the same German origin as the names above.
Source: Dictionary of American Family Names 2nd edition, 2022