Strauss Family History

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Strauss Name Meaning

German: nickname for an awkward or belligerent person, from Middle High German struz ‘quarrel’, ‘complaint’. German and Jewish (Ashkenazic): from Middle High German struze, German Strauss ‘ostrich’, hence a habitational name for someone who lived at 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 ornamental. Dutch: from a Germanic personal name, Strusso.

Source: Dictionary of American Family Names ©2013, Oxford University Press

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

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Strauss Ethnicity Estimate

What are the common regions with the Strauss name?

These results combine data from everyone in the AncestryDNA® database with the last name Strauss. The Ancestry® ethnicity regions shown are top five most common on average for these people.

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  • England & Wales


  • European Jewish


  • Ireland & Scotland


  • Germanic Europe


  • Eastern Europe & Russia


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Strauss Family Origin

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Strauss Family Occupations

What did your Strauss ancestors do for a living?

In 1880, a less common occupation for the Strauss family was Butcher. Farmer, Keeping House and Laborer were the top 3 reported jobs worked by Strauss. The most common Strauss occupation in the USA was Farmer. 8% of Strauss's were Farmers.

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  • Farmer

  • Keeping House

  • Laborer

  • Butcher


Census records can tell you a lot of little known facts about your Strauss ancestors, such as occupation. Occupation can tell you about your ancestor's social and economic status.

Strauss Historical Records

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Census Record

There are 69,000 census records available for the last name Strauss. Like a window into their day-to-day life, Strauss census records can tell you where and how your ancestors worked, their level of education, veteran status, and more.

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Passenger List

There are 34,000 immigration records available for the last name Strauss. Passenger lists are your ticket to knowing when your ancestors arrived in the USA, and how they made the journey - from the ship name to ports of arrival and departure.

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Draft Card

There are 29,000 military records available for the last name Strauss. For the veterans among your Strauss ancestors, military collections provide insights into where and when they served, and even physical descriptions.

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Strauss Life Expectancy

What is the average Strauss lifespan?

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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An unusually short lifespan might indicate that your Strauss ancestors lived in harsh conditions. A short lifespan might also indicate health problems that were once prevalent in your family. The SSDI is a searchable database of more than 70 million names. You can find birthdates, death dates, addresses and more.

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