Ober Family History

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Ober Name Meaning

English: unexplained. South German: topographic name for someone who lived at the upper end of a village on a hill, from Middle High German ober, obar ‘above’. In other cases, it may have denoted someone who lived on an upper floor of a building with two or more floors. North German: topographic for someone who lived on the bank of a river or stream name, standardized from Middle Low German over ‘river bank’. Possibly a shortened form of any of various German compound names formed with Ober- (see entries below). Jewish (Ashkenazic): from German Ober ‘senior’, ‘chief’. In some cases it can denote a rabbi; in others it is ornamental.

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

Similar surnames: Over, Eber, Kober, Hober, Oder, Tober, Lober, Obee, Uber, Bober

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Ober Ethnicity Estimate

What are the common regions with the Ober name?

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

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  • England & Wales


  • Ireland & Scotland


  • Germanic Europe


  • Norway


  • Eastern Europe & Russia


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Ober Family Origin

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Ober Family Occupations

What did your Ober ancestors do for a living?

In 1880, Farmer, Keeping House and Laborer were the top 3 reported jobs worked by Ober. A less common occupation for the Ober family was Carpenter. The most common Ober occupation in the USA was Farmer. 32% of Ober's were Farmers.

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  • Farmer

  • Keeping House

  • Laborer

  • Carpenter


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

Ober Historical Records

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Census Record

There are 22,000 census records available for the last name Ober. Like a window into their day-to-day life, Ober 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 2,000 immigration records available for the last name Ober. 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 63,000 military records available for the last name Ober. For the veterans among your Ober ancestors, military collections provide insights into where and when they served, and even physical descriptions.

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Ober Life Expectancy

What is the average Ober lifespan?

Between 1944 and 2004, in the United States, Ober life expectancy was at its lowest point in 1957, and highest in 1983. The average life expectancy for Ober in 1944 was 45, and 76 in 2004.

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An unusually short lifespan might indicate that your Ober 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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