Show ContentsOsteen History, Family Crest & Coats of Arms

The surname Osteen 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, Osteen 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.

Early Origins of the Osteen family

The surname Osteen was 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.

Early History of the Osteen family

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Osteen Spelling Variations

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.

Early Notables of the Osteen family

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Osteen Ranking

In the United States, the name Osteen is the 4,355th most popular surname with an estimated 7,461 people with that name. [1]

United States Osteen migration to the United States +

Some of the first settlers of this family name were:

Osteen Settlers in United States in the 20th Century
  • Joseph Osteen, aged 47, who immigrated to America, in 1918
  • Russell Osteen, aged 21, who landed in America, in 1920
  • Friedrich Osteen, aged 23, who landed in America, in 1923

Contemporary Notables of the name Osteen (post 1700) +

  • Joel Scott Osteen (b. 1963), American author and televangelist, businessman and author based in Houston, Texas, known for his weekly televised services and several best-selling books
  • William Lindsay Osteen (1930-2009), United States federal judge
  • William Lindsay Osteen Jr. (b. 1960), United States federal judge
  • Milton Darrell Osteen (b. 1943), retired American professional baseball player
  • James Champlin "Champ" Osteen (1877-1962), American professional baseball player
  • John Hillery Osteen (1921-1999), first pastor of Lakewood Church in Houston, Texas
  • Claude "Gomer" Wilson Osteen (b. 1939), American former Major League Baseball left-handed pitcher
  • William L. Osteen, American politician, U.S. Attorney for the Middle District of North Carolina, 1969-74 [2]

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