Ostby Family History

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Ostby Name Meaning

Norwegian: habitational name from any of about forty farmsteads, mostly in southeastern Norway, named Østby or Austby, from Old Norse Austbýr, a compound of aust ‘east’ + býr ‘farmstead’.

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

Similar surnames: Westby, Mosby, Holtby, Asby, Moseby, Cosby, Stoa, Ashby, Osten, Corby

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Ostby Family Origin

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Ostby Family Occupations

What did your Ostby ancestors do for a living?

In 1880, a less common occupation for the Ostby family was Laborer. The most common Ostby occupation in the USA was Farmer. 50% of Ostby's were Farmers. Farmer, Gunsmith and Keeping House were the top 3 reported jobs worked by Ostby.

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  • Farmer

  • Gunsmith

  • Keeping House

  • Laborer


Census records can tell you a lot of little known facts about your Ostby ancestors, such as occupation. Occupation can tell you about your ancestor's social and economic status.

Ostby Historical Records

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Census Record

There are 3,000 census records available for the last name Ostby. Like a window into their day-to-day life, Ostby census records can tell you where and how your ancestors worked, their level of education, veteran status, and more.

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Passenger List

There are 1,000 immigration records available for the last name Ostby. 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 Card

There are 827 military records available for the last name Ostby. For the veterans among your Ostby ancestors, military collections provide insights into where and when they served, and even physical descriptions.

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Ostby Life Expectancy

What is the average Ostby lifespan?

Between 1953 and 2004, in the United States, Ostby life expectancy was at its lowest point in 1953, and highest in 2004. The average life expectancy for Ostby in 1953 was 38, and 84 in 2004.

View Social Security Death Index (SSDI) for Ostby

An unusually short lifespan might indicate that your Ostby ancestors lived in harsh conditions. A short lifespan might also indicate health problems that were once prevalent in your family. The SSDI is a searchable database of more than 70 million names. You can find birthdates, death dates, addresses and more.

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