Oest Family History

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Oest Name Meaning

from a Germanic personal name composed with a cognate of Old High German ost(an), which denoted the area and direction of sunrise and in various personal names took on the meaning ‘shining’, ‘spring’, later ‘Easter’ and the compass point; hence also a topographic name from Middle Low German ost ‘east’. Compare East. The -e indicates a lengthening of the preceding o-, as the variant Ohst shows, but in more recent forms like Öst, Östmann the oe has been converted to an o-umlaut (ö). habitational name from any of several places so named.

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

Similar surnames: Ost, Gest, West, Ott, Obst, Geist, Lust, Heit, Best, Fest

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Oest Family Origin

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Oest Family Occupations

What did your Oest ancestors do for a living?

In 1880, a less common occupation for the Oest family was Grain Merchant. Farmer, Agent and Carpenter were the top 3 reported jobs worked by Oest. The most common Oest occupation in the USA was Farmer. 25% of Oest's were Farmers.

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  • Farmer

  • Agent

  • Carpenter

  • Grain Merchant


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Oest Historical Records

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Census Record

There are 2,000 census records available for the last name Oest. Like a window into their day-to-day life, Oest 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 965 immigration records available for the last name Oest. Passenger lists are your ticket to knowing when your ancestors arrived in Canada, and how they made the journey - from the ship name to ports of arrival and departure.

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Draft Card

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

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Oest Life Expectancy

What is the average Oest lifespan?

Between 1954 and 2004, in the United States, Oest life expectancy was at its lowest point in 1961, and highest in 1982. The average life expectancy for Oest in 1954 was 47, and 68 in 2004.

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An unusually short lifespan might indicate that your Oest 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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