You thought that sounded crazy, better think again... Actually, last name Von Niederhauser is mispelled and so is Von Niederhausern with an n (although that one is almost ok). According to German grammary rules when there is the von (which btw should not be capitalized as it means "from") there has to be an "n" at the end of the word and an "umlaut" on the a because it's plural. So correct spelling is "von Niederhäusern" or alternatively "von Niederhaeusern" (because ä can also be written "ae") it means as you probably know: "from low houses". House in German is Haus; the plural houses is Häuser, and with the von which needs "Dativ" (indirect object) it is von Häusern (or von Haeusern). I must confess I've been writing my name von Niederhausern missing the "umlaut" or the e while I lived in the US, but I shouldn't have and this is probably what some of your ancestor did which explains the mispelling. Niederhauser without the "von" is also correct, but it's not the same family anymore (although I believe it could be since I have heard some people might have removed the von (and consequently the n) to make it shorter.
Steven von Niederhaeusern, Bern, Switzerland
Yes, believe it or not that's my name!, and it seems I haven't moved too far from where my ancester were born :-),
btw the exact place of origin is Wattenwil, Bern, Switzerland, or at least this is what my passport says...
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