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Ober Family History

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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Where is the Ober family from?

You can see how Ober families moved over time by selecting different census years. The Ober family name was found in the USA, the UK, and Canada between 1840 and 1920. The most Ober families were found in the USA in 1880. In 1840 there were 20 Ober families living in Pennsylvania. This was about 25% of all the recorded Ober's in the USA. Pennsylvania had the highest population of Ober families in 1840.
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What did your Ober ancestors do for a living?

In 1940, Farmer and Housewife were the top reported jobs for men and women in the US named Ober. 13% of Ober men worked as a Farmer and 11% of Ober women worked as a Housewife. Some less common occupations for Americans named Ober were Truck Driver and Teacher.

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*We display top occupations by gender to maintain their historical accuracy during times when men and women often performed different jobs.

Top Male Occupations in 1940

  • Farmer
    13%
  • Laborer
    13%
  • Salesman
    7%
  • Truck Driver
    5%

Top Female Occupations in 1940

  • Housewife
    11%
  • Stenographer
    8%
  • Housekeeper
    7%
  • Teacher
    7%
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Census Records

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 Lists

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 Cards

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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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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