Oswald Family History

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Oswald Name Meaning

Scottish, northern English, and German: from an Old English personal name composed of the elements os ‘god’ + weald ‘power’. In the Middle English period, this fell together with the less common Old Norse cognate Ásvaldr. The name was introduced to Germany from England, as a result of the fame of St. Oswald, a 7th-century king of Northumbria, whose deeds were reported by Celtic missionaries to southern Germany. The name was also borne by a 10th-century English saint of Danish parentage, who was important as a monastic reformer. Irish: adopted as an English equivalent of Gaelic Ó hEodhusa (see Hussey 1).

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

Similar surnames: Oswell, Ostwald, Ewald, Seward, Howard, Edward, Wald, Osland, Sale

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Oswald Ethnicity Estimate

What are the common regions with the Oswald name?

These results combine data from everyone in the AncestryDNA® database with the last name Oswald. 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


  • Norway


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Oswald Family Origin

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Oswald Family Occupations

What did your Oswald ancestors do for a living?

In 1880, Farmer, Laborer and Keeping House were the top 3 reported jobs worked by Oswald. A less common occupation for the Oswald family was Carpenter. The most common Oswald occupation in the USA was Farmer. 26% of Oswald's were Farmers.

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  • Farmer

  • Laborer

  • Keeping House

  • Carpenter


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

Oswald Historical Records

What Oswald family records will you find?

Census Record

There are 88,000 census records available for the last name Oswald. Like a window into their day-to-day life, Oswald 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 16,000 immigration records available for the last name Oswald. 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 29,000 military records available for the last name Oswald. For the veterans among your Oswald ancestors, military collections provide insights into where and when they served, and even physical descriptions.

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Oswald Life Expectancy

What is the average Oswald lifespan?

Between 1946 and 2004, in the United States, Oswald life expectancy was at its lowest point in 1950, and highest in 1998. The average life expectancy for Oswald in 1946 was 42, and 76 in 2004.

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An unusually short lifespan might indicate that your Oswald 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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