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Oyen Name Meaning

Norwegian (Øyen): habitational name from any of various farmsteads named Øyen Øien from the definite singular form of øy ‘island’ also ‘meadow by water’. Flemish and Dutch: habitational name from any of various places called Oijen in Noord-Brabant and Limburg. In North America this surname may also be an altered form of the Dutch variant Oijen. Dutch North German and East Frisian: topographic name for someone who lived by a water meadow Middle Dutch ooye oye Low German Frisian oje oye. This surname is very rare in East Frisia.

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


Similar surnames: Osen, Oren, Oen, Oye, Oien, Oden, Nolen, Roen, Olden, Oder

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Where is the Oyen family from?

You can see how Oyen families moved over time by selecting different census years. The Oyen family name was found in the USA, the UK, and Canada between 1880 and 1920. The most Oyen families were found in USA in 1920. In 1880 there were 21 Oyen families living in Illinois. This was about 50% of all the recorded Oyen's in USA. Illinois had the highest population of Oyen families in 1880.
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What did your Oyen ancestors do for a living?

In 1940, Farmer and Clerk were the top reported jobs for men and women in the USA named Oyen. 30% of Oyen men worked as a Farmer and 17% of Oyen women worked as a Clerk. Some less common occupations for Americans named Oyen were Baker and Stenographer. .

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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
    30%
  • Laborer
    20%
  • Carpenter
    18%
  • Baker
    8%

Top Female Occupations In 1940

  • Clerk
    17%
  • Teacher
    17%
  • Stenograph At Iron Chain
    17%
  • Stenographer
    17%
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Census Records

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Passenger Lists

There are 1,000 immigration records available for the last name Oyen. 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 532 military records available for the last name Oyen. For the veterans among your Oyen ancestors, military collections provide insights into where and when they served, and even physical descriptions.

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What is the average Oyen lifespan?

Between 1956 and 2004, in the United States, Oyen life expectancy was at its lowest point in 1961, and highest in 1989. The average life expectancy for Oyen in 1956 was 52, and 75 in 2004.

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