This surname of STRUM is a Swedish topographic name for someone who lived by a river, or an arbitrarily adopted surname from the elements STROM (river) + BERG (hill). Other spellings of the name include STROM, SHTROM, SZTROM, STROMWASSER, WASSERSTROM, STROMBACK (river stream), STROMBLAD (river leaf), STROMBOM (river tree), STROMGREN (river branch) and STROMQUIST (river twig). Habitation names were originally acquired by the original bearer of the name, who, having lived by, at or near a place, would then take that name as a form of identification for himself and his family. When people lived close to the soil as they did in the Middle Ages, they were acutely conscious of every local variation in landscape and countryside. Every field or plot of land was identified in normal conversation by a descriptive term. If a man lived on or near a hill or mountain, or by a river or stream, forests and trees, he might receive the word as a family name. Almost every town, city or village in early times, has served to name many families. A Miss Mary STROHM was married to Jacob Mowrer of Stasburg township, Pennsylvania who was born on July 9th 1803. He died in 1892. Mary, born in 1799 died in 1891 aged ninety-one years. Both were members of the Mennonite Church, and four children were born from this union. In the 17th century, so-called 'soldiers' names are found as the earliest kind of hereditary surnames in Sweden. These names were derived from vocabulary words, usually martial-sounding monosyllables such as Rapp (prompt) Rask (bold), or occasionally names of animals and birds. The names were bestowed on soldiers for administrative purposes, and no doubt in some cases derived from pre-existing nicknames. The eagle depicted in the crest is emblematical of fortitude and magnanimity of mind. The Romans used the figure of an eagle for their ensign, and their example has been often followed. It is the device of Russia, Austria, Germany and the United States of America.
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