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Obst Name Meaning

Eastern German (Silesia) and Jewish (Ashkenazic): from Middle High German obez, German Obst ‘fruit’, hence a metonymic occupational name for a fruit grower or seller, or perhaps a nickname. As a Jewish name, it may be of ornamental origin.

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


Similar surnames: Ost, Oest, Last, Abt, Pobst, Post, Gast, Ort, Nast, Forst

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Where is the Obst family from?

You can see how Obst families moved over time by selecting different census years. The Obst family name was found in the USA, the UK, and Canada between 1880 and 1920. The most Obst families were found in the USA in 1920. In 1880 there were 37 Obst families living in Illinois. This was about 41% of all the recorded Obst's in the USA. Illinois had the highest population of Obst families in 1880.
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What did your Obst ancestors do for a living?

In 1940, Laborer and Saleslady were the top reported jobs for men and women in the US named Obst. 13% of Obst men worked as a Laborer and 19% of Obst women worked as a Saleslady. Some less common occupations for Americans named Obst were Truck Driver and Housewife.

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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

  • Laborer
    13%
  • Farmer
    11%
  • Clerk
    8%
  • Truck Driver
    8%

Top Female Occupations in 1940

  • Saleslady
    19%
  • Stenographer
    14%
  • Teacher
    14%
  • Housewife
    10%
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Census Records

There are 4,000 census records available for the last name Obst. Like a window into their day-to-day life, Obst 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 1,000 immigration records available for the last name Obst. 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 7,000 military records available for the last name Obst. For the veterans among your Obst ancestors, military collections provide insights into where and when they served, and even physical descriptions.

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What is the average Obst lifespan?

Between 1952 and 2004, in the United States, Obst life expectancy was at its lowest point in 1956, and highest in 1990. The average life expectancy for Obst in 1952 was 57, and 79 in 2004.

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