The ancient and distinguished surname Oistrakh is derived from the Old High German words "ostar," meaning "eastern," and "rihhi," meaning "kingdom." Thus, the name is used to denote someone who came from an eastern region. Oistrakh is also the German name for the Republic of Austria
, and is therefore a common surname for Germans of Austrian
Early Origins of the Oistrakh family
The surname Oistrakh was first found in the eastern regions of Germany
, where it is thought to have emerged. Due to the origins of the name, it is likely that several branches of the Oistrakh family emerged in various parts of Germany
. The earliest recorded bearer of the name was Arnold de Oesterich, who was a town councillor and resident of the city of Stettin in the year 1136. The branches of the young Oistrakh family were instrumental during this formative period, figuring prominently in Germany's early history and contributing greatly to the development of the medieval societies of their respective regions.
Early History of the Oistrakh family
This web page shows only a small excerpt of our Oistrakh research.Another 323 words (23 lines of text) covering the years 1136, 1136, 1302, 1338, 1350, 1692, 1745, 1664, 1735, 1750, 1809, 1830 and 1898 are included under the topic Early Oistrakh History in all our PDF Extended History products and printed products wherever possible.
Oistrakh Spelling Variations
of this family name include: Oesterreich, Österreich, Oesterich, Österich, Oestreich, Oesterreicher, Osterich, Osterreich, Ostrich, Östreich and many more.
Early Notables of the Oistrakh family (pre 1700)
Prominent bearers of the name Oistrakh at this time were Anton August Oesterreich (1692-1745), a well-known German pastor; Georg Österreich (baptized on 17 March 1664 –... Another 26 words (2 lines of text) are included under the topic Early Oistrakh Notables in all our PDF Extended History products and printed products wherever possible.
Migration of the Oistrakh family to the New World and Oceana
Some of the first settlers of this family name or some of its variants were: Johan Conrad Oestreich, who immigrated to Philadelphia in 1752; Hermann Oestreich, a Hessian mercenary who settled in America after fighting in the Revolutionary War.
Contemporary Notables of the name Oistrakh (post 1700)
- Igor Oistrakh (b. 1931), Soviet and Russian violinist
- David Oistrakh (1908-1974), famous Ukrainian violinist