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Osten Name Meaning

German: topographic name derived from German Ost(en) ‘east’ or a habitational name from any of several places so named in northern Germany. In some cases it is a shortened form of von der Osten meaning ‘from the Oste river’ a name borne by an old Pomeranian noble family. Flemish and Dutch: patronymic from the personal name Oste from ancient Germanic Austa meaning ‘east’. Compare Hosten . Swedish: of German origin (see 1 above) or an ornamental name from ost ‘east’ + the adjectival suffix -en a derivative of Latin -enius ‘relating to’. It is very rare in Sweden.

Source: Dictionary of American Family Names 2nd edition, 2022

Similar surnames: Oster, Osen, Kosten, Olsen, Ooten, Otten, Orten, Josten, Bolten

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Where is the Osten family from?

You can see how Osten families moved over time by selecting different census years. The Osten family name was found in the USA, the UK, Canada, and Scotland between 1840 and 1920. The most Osten families were found in USA in 1880. In 1840 there were 3 Osten families living in New York. This was about 50% of all the recorded Osten's in USA. New York had the highest population of Osten families in 1840.
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What did your Osten ancestors do for a living?

In 1940, Farmer and Bookkeeper were the top reported jobs for men and women in the USA named Osten. 23% of Osten men worked as a Farmer and 22% of Osten women worked as a Bookkeeper. Some less common occupations for Americans named Osten were Laborer and Operator. .

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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
  • Salesman
  • Clerk
  • Laborer

Top Female Occupations In 1940

  • Bookkeeper
  • Clerk
  • Housekeeper
  • Operator
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Census Records

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Passenger Lists

There are 1,000 immigration records available for the last name Osten. 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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There are 4,000 military records available for the last name Osten. For the veterans among your Osten ancestors, military collections provide insights into where and when they served, and even physical descriptions.

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What is the average Osten lifespan?

Between 1949 and 2004, in the United States, Osten life expectancy was at its lowest point in 1964, and highest in 1990. The average life expectancy for Osten in 1949 was 58, and 79 in 2004.

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