Osterman Family History

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Osterman Name Meaning

Swedish (also Österman) and Jewish (Ashkenazic): variant of Oster with the addition of Swedish, Yiddish man ‘man’.

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

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

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Osterman Ethnicity Estimate

What are the common regions with the Osterman name?

These results combine data from everyone in the AncestryDNA® database with the last name Osterman. The Ancestry® ethnicity regions shown are top five most common on average for these people.

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  • England & Wales


  • Germanic Europe


  • Ireland & Scotland


  • Eastern Europe & Russia


  • Italy


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Osterman Family Origin

Where is the Osterman family from?

Osterman Family Occupations

What did your Osterman ancestors do for a living?

In 1880, the most common Osterman occupation in the USA was Farmer. 27% of Osterman's were Farmers. A less common occupation for the Osterman family was Carpenter. Farmer, Laborer and Keeping House were the top 3 reported jobs worked by Osterman.

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  • Farmer

  • Laborer

  • Keeping House

  • Carpenter


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

Osterman Historical Records

What Osterman family records will you find?

Census Record

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 List

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 Card

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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Osterman Life Expectancy

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.

View Social Security Death Index (SSDI) for Osterman

An unusually short lifespan might indicate that your Osterman 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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