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Where did the German Ostermann family come from? What is the German Ostermann family crest and coat of arms? When did the Ostermann family first arrive in the United States? Where did the various branches of the family go? What is the Ostermann family history?

The surname Ostermann is of uncertain origin, but there are several possibilities for its source. It may have derived from the Gothic word "ostan" meaning "the direction of the rising sun," and may have been initially born by someone from the east. Alternatively, Ostermann may have come from the Middle High German word "Oster," meaning "Easter," and the name would have likely belonged to someone born or baptized during the festival of Easter. Oster is an element in many compound names, such as Osterbrock, Osterfeld, and Osterkamp.

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Spelling variations of this family name include: Oster, Ost, Oest, Öst, Osten, Östing, Österle, Österlen, Osterloh, Ostermann, Östermann, Ostermaier, Ostermayer, Ostermeier, Osterer, Osterling, Osterbrock, Osterbrauk, Osterbrink, Osterfeld, Osterhues, Osterkamp, Osterholt, Osterwiesch, Ostersehlte, Osterwind, Osterberg and many more.

First found in Saxony. The earliest record of this surname dates back to the twelfth century when one Fridericus Osterman was recorded in 1150. In 1159, Gerardus Osterman was a citizen of Cologne. Lippold von der Oesten was recorded in 1254, and Hinricus de Osten appeared in 1302. Radeke Osterlo was listed in 1423, Berchtold Österli in Oberhausen, Wurttemberg in 1485, and Jurgen Ostermann in Goettingen in 1563. Veit Ostermann was a citizen of Passau in 1623 and in 1680, Matthias Ostermann was residing in Erding. Michael Ahasverus Ostermaier served as mayor of the town of Ratzeburg in the seventeenth century, and his son Johann (1678-1733) was a pastor in Crumesse.


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This web page shows only a small excerpt of our Ostermann research. Another 192 words(14 lines of text) covering the years 1678, 1686, 1711, 1730, 1747, 1808, and 1855 are included under the topic Early Ostermann History in all our PDF Extended History products.

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Another 36 words(3 lines of text) are included under the topic Early Ostermann Notables in all our PDF Extended History products.

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Some of the first settlers of this family name were:

Ostermann Settlers in United States in the 18th Century


  • Hans Jacob Ostermann, who landed in Philadelphia, Pennsylvania in 1748

Ostermann Settlers in United States in the 19th Century


  • Carl Ostermann, aged 47, arrived in New Orleans, La in 1845
  • Franz Ostermann, who arrived in New York, NY in 1850
  • David Ostermann, aged 66, landed in New York, NY in 1875

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The Ostermann Family Crest was acquired from the Houseofnames.com archives. The Ostermann Family Crest was drawn according to heraldic standards based on published blazons. We generally include the oldest published family crest once associated with each surname.

This page was last modified on 23 September 2010 at 15:37.

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