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Oest Name Meaning

from a Germanic personal name composed with a cognate of Old High German ost(an), which denoted the area and direction of sunrise and in various personal names took on the meaning ‘shining’, ‘spring’, later ‘Easter’ and the compass point; hence also a topographic name from Middle Low German ost ‘east’. Compare East. The -e indicates a lengthening of the preceding o-, as the variant Ohst shows, but in more recent forms like Öst, Östmann the oe has been converted to an o-umlaut (ö). habitational name from any of several places so named.

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


Similar surnames: Ost, Gest, West, Ott, Obst, Geist, Lust, Heit, Best, Fest

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Where is the Oest family from?

You can see how Oest families moved over time by selecting different census years. The Oest family name was found in the USA between 1880 and 1920. The most Oest families were found in the USA in 1920. In 1880 there were 21 Oest families living in New York. This was about 54% of all the recorded Oest's in the USA. New York had the highest population of Oest families in 1880.
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What did your Oest ancestors do for a living?

In 1940, Laborer and Housework were the top reported jobs for men and women in the US named Oest. 27% of Oest men worked as a Laborer and 43% of Oest women worked as a Housework. Some less common occupations for Americans named Oest were Carpenter and Cook.

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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
    27%
  • Farmer
    27%
  • Salesman
    24%
  • Carpenter
    12%

Top Female Occupations in 1940

  • Housework
    43%
  • Secretary
    29%
  • Cook
    29%
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Census Records

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Passenger Lists

There are 965 immigration records available for the last name Oest. 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 1,000 military records available for the last name Oest. For the veterans among your Oest ancestors, military collections provide insights into where and when they served, and even physical descriptions.

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What is the average Oest lifespan?

Between 1954 and 2004, in the United States, Oest life expectancy was at its lowest point in 1961, and highest in 1982. The average life expectancy for Oest in 1954 was 47, and 68 in 2004.

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