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Oberlin Name Meaning

German (mainly Swiss) and French (Alsace): from an Alemannic pet form of the German personal name Albrecht.

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

Similar surnames: Berlin, Oberle, Berling, Bellin, Merlin, Perlin, Serlin, Burgin

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Where is the Oberlin family from?

You can see how Oberlin families moved over time by selecting different census years. The Oberlin family name was found in the USA, the UK, and Canada between 1840 and 1920. The most Oberlin families were found in the USA in 1880. In 1840 there were 12 Oberlin families living in Ohio. This was about 75% of all the recorded Oberlin's in the USA. Ohio had the highest population of Oberlin families in 1840.
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What did your Oberlin ancestors do for a living?

In 1940, Farmer and Stenographer were the top reported jobs for men and women in the US named Oberlin. 20% of Oberlin men worked as a Farmer and 17% of Oberlin women worked as a Stenographer. Some less common occupations for Americans named Oberlin were Truck Driver and Bookkeeper.

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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
  • Laborer
  • Salesman
  • Truck Driver

Top Female Occupations in 1940

  • Stenographer
  • Housewife
  • Secretary
  • Bookkeeper
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Census Records

There are 7,000 census records available for the last name Oberlin. Like a window into their day-to-day life, Oberlin 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 903 immigration records available for the last name Oberlin. 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 2,000 military records available for the last name Oberlin. For the veterans among your Oberlin ancestors, military collections provide insights into where and when they served, and even physical descriptions.

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What is the average Oberlin lifespan?

Between 1955 and 2004, in the United States, Oberlin life expectancy was at its lowest point in 1959, and highest in 1999. The average life expectancy for Oberlin in 1955 was 53, and 76 in 2004.

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