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Oden Surname Meaning

North German and Dutch: patronymic from the personal name Odo (see Otto ) or possibly a metronymic from Oda a feminine form of the name. Swedish (Odén): ornamental name composed of an unexplained first element + the adjectival suffix -én a derivative of Latin -enius ‘relating to’. English (of Norman origin): from the Old French personal name Odin either a shortened form of Old French Odouin (ancient Germanic Audowin composed of the elements aud- ‘prosperity wealth’ + win- ‘friend’) or a pet form of ancient Germanic Odo a short form of names beginning with Aud- + the hypocoristic suffix -in. English (of Norman origin): variant of Othen from a Middle English personal name Othin Odin. It probably represents Anglo-Scandinavian Othin or Ōthin Old Norse Authun or Authin Øthin Odhin Ǿthæn (of uncertain interpretation).

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


Similar surnames: Boden, Loden, Roden, Osen, Eden, Olden, Olen, Ode, Iden, Oren

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Where is the Oden family from?

You can see how Oden families moved over time by selecting different census years. The Oden family name was found in the USA, the UK, Canada, and Scotland between 1840 and 1920. The most Oden families were found in USA in 1880. In 1911 there were 4 Oden families living in British Columbia. This was about 44% of all the recorded Oden's in Canada. British Columbia and 1 other province had the highest population of Oden families in 1911.
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What did your Oden ancestors do for a living?

In 1940, Laborer and Maid were the top reported jobs for men and women in the USA named Oden. 21% of Oden men worked as a Laborer and 12% of Oden women worked as a Maid. Some less common occupations for Americans named Oden were Farming and Servant. .

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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.

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Top Male Occupations In 1940

  • Laborer
    21%
  • Farmer
    20%
  • Salesman
    5%
  • Farming
    4%

Top Female Occupations In 1940

  • Maid
    12%
  • Housekeeper
    9%
  • Housewife
    9%
  • Servant
    6%
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Passenger Lists

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There are 8,000 military records available for the last name Oden. For the veterans among your Oden ancestors, military collections provide insights into where and when they served, and even physical descriptions.

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What is the average Oden lifespan?

Between 1941 and 2004, in the United States, Oden life expectancy was at its lowest point in 1958, and highest in 1996. The average life expectancy for Oden in 1941 was 66, and 73 in 2004.

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