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Strock Coat of Arms / Strock Family Crest

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The surname of STROCK was a German nickname for an awkward or belligerent person, derived from the Old German word STRAUSS (to quarrel and complain). The name was rendered in medieval documents in the Latin form STRUTHIO. It is also Provencal and Jewish name, derived from the medieval given name ASTRUC, rendered in ancient documents in the Latin form ASTRUM. The name was bestowed in the sense 'born under a lucky star' one who was fortunate and blessed. The name is also spelt ASTRUG, STROIC, STROICH, STROOCK, STROOK, STRACK, SHTRAUSS, STRAUSZ, STRAUSSMAN, STRUSMAN, STRUSS and STRUSSGEN. Surnames having a derivation from nicknames form the broadest and most miscellaneous class of surnames, encompassing many different types of origin. The most typical classes refer adjectivally to the general physical aspect of the person concerned, or to his character. Many nicknames refer to a man's size or height, while others make reference to a favoured article of clothing or style of dress. Many surnames derived from the names of animals and birds. In the Middle Ages ideas were held about the characters of other living creatures, based on observation, and these associations were reflected and reinforced by large bodies of folk tales featuring animals behaving as humans. The first hereditary surnames on German soil are found in the second half of the 12th century, slightly later than in England and France. However, it was not until the 16th century that they became stabilized. The practice of adopting hereditary surnames began in the southern areas of Germany, and gradually spread northwards during the Middle Ages. A noteworthy person of the name was Johann 'the elder' STRAUSS (1804-49) the Austrian violinist and conductor, born in Vienna. With composer Joseph Lanner, he founded the Viennese Waltz tradition, a development from Schubert. He toured extensively in Europe with his own orchestra, played during Queen Victoria's coronation festivities (1838) and composed the 'Radetzky March' (1848) in honour of the General. He composed numerous waltzes including the 'Lorelei' and the 'Donaulieder', but was eclipsed by his son Johann STRAUSS (the younger).

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