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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

Similar surnames: Traub, Straus, Stauss, Strouss, Straut, Strauch, Stoss, Krause

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You can see how Strauss families moved over time by selecting different census years. The Strauss family name was found in the USA, the UK, Canada, and Scotland between 1840 and 1920. The most Strauss families were found in USA in 1880. In 1840 there were 18 Strauss families living in Pennsylvania. This was about 86% of all the recorded Strauss's in USA. Pennsylvania had the highest population of Strauss families in 1840.
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What did your Strauss ancestors do for a living?

In 1940, Salesman and Saleslady were the top reported jobs for men and women in the USA named Strauss. 16% of Strauss men worked as a Salesman and 7% of Strauss women worked as a Saleslady. Some less common occupations for Americans named Strauss were Clerk and Teacher. .

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*We display top occupations by gender to maintain their historical accuracy during times when men and women often performed different jobs.

Top Male Occupations In 1940

  • Salesman
  • Laborer
  • Farmer
  • Clerk

Top Female Occupations In 1940

  • Saleslady
  • Housewife
  • Clerk
  • Teacher
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Between 1945 and 2004, in the United States, Strauss life expectancy was at its lowest point in 1945, and highest in 1989. The average life expectancy for Strauss in 1945 was 38, and 80 in 2004.

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