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Oster Name Meaning

Swedish (Öster) and German: topographic name from Swedish öster, Middle Low German and Middle High German oster ‘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. 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’. Jewish (Ashkenazic): topographic or ornamental name from German Ost ‘east’ or ornamental name from German Oster ‘Easter’; compare 1 and 3. Jewish (eastern Ashkenazic): nickname from Polish ostry or Russian ostryj ‘sharp’, ‘sharp-minded’. Dutch: from a 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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Oster Family Origin

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Oster Family Occupations

What did your Oster ancestors do for a living?

In 1880, the most common Oster occupation in the USA was Farmer. 31% of Oster's were Farmers. Farmer, Laborer and Keeping House were the top 3 reported jobs worked by Oster. A less common occupation for the Oster family was Carpenter.

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  • Farmer

    31%
  • Laborer

    7%
  • Keeping House

    5%
  • Carpenter

    4%

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

Oster Historical Records

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Census Record

There are 3,000 census records available for the last name Oster. Like a window into their day-to-day life, Oster 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 642 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 Card

There are 1,000 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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Oster Life Expectancy

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.

View Social Security Death Index (SSDI) for Oster

An unusually short lifespan might indicate that your Oster 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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