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Oest Family History

Oest Name Meaning

German (rarely Öst):: from a short form of an ancient Germanic personal name composed with a cognate of Old High German ōst(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. topographic name from German Ost(en) ‘east’ (see Ost 1 compare above) or a habitational name from any of several places so named.

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

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

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Where is the Oest family from?

You can see how Oest families moved over time by selecting different census years. The Oest family name was found in the USA between 1880 and 1920. The most Oest families were found in USA in 1920. In 1880 there were 21 Oest families living in New York. This was about 54% of all the recorded Oest's in USA. New York had the highest population of Oest families in 1880.
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What did your Oest ancestors do for a living?

In 1940, Laborer and Housework were the top reported jobs for men and women in the USA named Oest. 27% of Oest men worked as a Laborer and 43% of Oest women worked as a Housework. Some less common occupations for Americans named Oest were Carpenter and Cook. .

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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
  • Farmer
  • Salesman
  • Carpenter

Top Female Occupations In 1940

  • Housework
  • Secretary
  • Cook
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Census Records

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 Lists

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 Cards

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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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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