Oster Family History

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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

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In 1940, Farmer and Housekeeper were the top reported jobs for men and women in the US 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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Top Male Occupations in 1940

  • Farmer
  • Laborer
  • Salesman
  • Clerk

Top Female Occupations in 1940

  • Housekeeper
  • Housewife
  • Stenographer
  • Teacher

*We display top occupations by gender to maintain their historical accuracy during times when men and women often performed different jobs.

Oster Historical Records

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Census Record

There are 29,000 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 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 Card

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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Oster Life Expectancy

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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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