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Osterman Name Meaning

Swedish (also Österman) and Jewish (Ashkenazic): variant of Oster with the addition of Swedish Yiddish man ‘man’. Americanized form of German Ostermann . Slovenian and Croatian: from German Ostermann . In Slovenia it is at least in part of Gottscheerish (i.e. Gottschee German) origin.

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


Similar surnames: Otterman, Esterman, Ostermann, Sterman, Sherman, Kolterman, Holterman

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Where is the Osterman family from?

You can see how Osterman families moved over time by selecting different census years. The Osterman family name was found in the USA, the UK, Canada, and Scotland between 1840 and 1920. The most Osterman families were found in USA in 1920. In 1840 there were 2 Osterman families living in Maryland. This was about 67% of all the recorded Osterman's in USA. Maryland had the highest population of Osterman families in 1840.
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What did your Osterman ancestors do for a living?

In 1940, Farmer and Maid were the top reported jobs for men and women in the USA named Osterman. 14% of Osterman men worked as a Farmer and 9% of Osterman women worked as a Maid. Some less common occupations for Americans named Osterman were Clerk and Housework. .

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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
    14%
  • Laborer
    11%
  • Salesman
    7%
  • Clerk
    6%

Top Female Occupations In 1940

  • Maid
    9%
  • Bookkeeper
    8%
  • Stenographer
    6%
  • Housework
    6%
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Census Records

There are 13,000 census records available for the last name Osterman. Like a window into their day-to-day life, Osterman census records can tell you where and how your ancestors worked, their level of education, veteran status, and more.

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Passenger Lists

There are 3,000 immigration records available for the last name Osterman. 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 3,000 military records available for the last name Osterman. For the veterans among your Osterman ancestors, military collections provide insights into where and when they served, and even physical descriptions.

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What is the average Osterman lifespan?

Between 1948 and 2004, in the United States, Osterman life expectancy was at its lowest point in 1955, and highest in 2002. The average life expectancy for Osterman in 1948 was 55, and 79 in 2004.

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