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Ost Family History

Ost Name Meaning

German, North German (also Öst), Swedish (also Öst), and Jewish (Ashkenazic): topographic name from German Ost(en), Swedish öst ‘east’ denoting someone who lived to the east of a settlement or who had come there from the east. Compare East. As a Jewish name, as well as Swedish, it can be ornamental. German: from a short form of any of various Germanic personal names formed with this element (see Oest).

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


Similar surnames: Ort, Oest, Post, Oss, Ott, Most, Kost, Obst, Ast, Bost

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Where is the Ost family from?

You can see how Ost families moved over time by selecting different census years. The Ost family name was found in the USA, the UK, Canada, and Scotland between 1871 and 1920. The most Ost families were found in the USA in 1880. In 1880 there were 44 Ost families living in Missouri. This was about 19% of all the recorded Ost's in the USA. Missouri had the highest population of Ost families in 1880.
Use census records and voter lists to see where families with the Ost surname lived. Within census records, you can often find information like name of household members, ages, birthplaces, residences, and occupations.

What did your Ost ancestors do for a living?

In 1940, Farmer and Housekeeper were the top reported jobs for men and women in the US named Ost. 26% of Ost men worked as a Farmer and 17% of Ost women worked as a Housekeeper. Some less common occupations for Americans named Ost were Carpenter and Secretary.

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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
    26%
  • Laborer
    18%
  • Proprietor
    7%
  • Carpenter
    7%

Top Female Occupations in 1940

  • Housekeeper
    17%
  • Bookkeeper
    12%
  • Clerk
    10%
  • Secretary
    10%
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Census Records

There are 11,000 census records available for the last name Ost. Like a window into their day-to-day life, Ost 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 3,000 immigration records available for the last name Ost. 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 20,000 military records available for the last name Ost. For the veterans among your Ost ancestors, military collections provide insights into where and when they served, and even physical descriptions.

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What is the average Ost lifespan?

Between 1943 and 2004, in the United States, Ost life expectancy was at its lowest point in 1951, and highest in 1999. The average life expectancy for Ost in 1943 was 66, and 80 in 2004.

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