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Oster Name Meaning

Swedish (Öster) and German: topographic name from Swedish öster Middle Low German and Middle High German ōster ‘eastern’ denoting someone who lived to the east of a settlement or who had come there from the east. In many cases the Swedish name is probably ornamental. Compare Ester and Oester . German: nickname for someone who had a connection with the festival of Easter (for example someone who was born or baptized at that time) from Oster ‘Easter’ or a topographic name from Middle High German Middle Low German ōster ‘easterly to the east’. Jewish (Ashkenazic): topographic or artificial name from German Ost ‘east’ or artificial name from German Oster ‘Easter’; compare 1 and 2 above. Jewish (eastern Ashkenazic): nickname from Polish ostry or Russian ostryy ‘sharp sharp-minded’. Dutch: from an ancient Germanic personal name composed of aust ‘east’ + heri hari ‘army’.

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


Similar surnames: Otter, Osten, Koster, Easter, Poster, Doster, Oser, Ester, Ostler

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Where is the Oster family from?

You can see how Oster families moved over time by selecting different census years. The Oster family name was found in the USA, the UK, Canada, and Scotland between 1840 and 1920. The most Oster families were found in USA in 1920. In 1840 there were 5 Oster families living in Pennsylvania. This was about 31% of all the recorded Oster's in USA. Pennsylvania had the highest population of Oster families in 1840.
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What did your Oster ancestors do for a living?

In 1940, Farmer and Housekeeper were the top reported jobs for men and women in the USA named Oster. 17% of Oster men worked as a Farmer and 8% of Oster women worked as a Housekeeper. Some less common occupations for Americans named Oster were Clerk and Teacher. .

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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
    17%
  • Laborer
    13%
  • Salesman
    7%
  • Clerk
    4%

Top Female Occupations In 1940

  • Housekeeper
    8%
  • Housewife
    8%
  • Stenographer
    7%
  • Teacher
    6%
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Census Records

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Passenger Lists

There are 6,000 immigration records available for the last name Oster. 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 9,000 military records available for the last name Oster. For the veterans among your Oster ancestors, military collections provide insights into where and when they served, and even physical descriptions.

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What is the average Oster lifespan?

Between 1944 and 2004, in the United States, Oster life expectancy was at its lowest point in 1954, and highest in 1998. The average life expectancy for Oster in 1944 was 37, and 80 in 2004.

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