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Ostermann Family History

Ostermann Name Meaning

German: topographic name denoting someone who lived to the east of a settlement or who had immigrated from the east from Middle High German oster ‘eastern’ + man ‘man’ or an ethnic name from Middle High German ōstermann ‘Austrian’. In part it is a Gottscheerish (i.e. Gottschee German) surname originating from the Kočevsko region in Lower Carniola Slovenia (see Kocevar ); compare Osterman . The surname Ostermann is also found in the Netherlands and France (Alsace and Lorraine).

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


Similar surnames: Westermann, Stegmann, Overmann, Klostermann, Obermann, Osterland

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Where is the Ostermann family from?

You can see how Ostermann families moved over time by selecting different census years. The Ostermann family name was found in the USA, the UK, and Canada between 1880 and 1920. The most Ostermann families were found in USA in 1880. In 1880 there were 46 Ostermann families living in Missouri. This was about 30% of all the recorded Ostermann's in USA. Missouri had the highest population of Ostermann families in 1880.
Use census records and voter lists to see where families with the Ostermann surname lived. Within census records, you can often find information like name of household members, ages, birthplaces, residences, and occupations.

What did your Ostermann ancestors do for a living?

In 1940, Farmer and Housework were the top reported jobs for men and women in the USA named Ostermann. 25% of Ostermann men worked as a Farmer and 34% of Ostermann women worked as a Housework. Some less common occupations for Americans named Ostermann were Salesman and Housekeeper. .

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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
    25%
  • Farm Laborer
    10%
  • Laborer
    9%
  • Salesman
    7%

Top Female Occupations In 1940

  • Housework
    34%
  • Secretary
    23%
  • Housewife
    23%
  • Housekeeper
    23%
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Census Records

There are 3,000 census records available for the last name Ostermann. Like a window into their day-to-day life, Ostermann 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 Ostermann. 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 Ostermann. For the veterans among your Ostermann ancestors, military collections provide insights into where and when they served, and even physical descriptions.

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What is the average Ostermann lifespan?

Between 1955 and 2004, in the United States, Ostermann life expectancy was at its lowest point in 1955, and highest in 1988. The average life expectancy for Ostermann in 1955 was 57, and 65 in 2004.

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