Last name origins & meanings:
- German: nickname for an awkward or belligerent person, from
Middle High German strūz ‘quarrel’, ‘complaint’.
and Jewish (Ashkenazic): from Middle High German strūze,
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, Strūsso.
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