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

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.


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.


This web page shows only a small excerpt of our Osteen 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 Osteen History in all our PDF Extended History products.


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


Some of the first settlers of this family name were:

Osteen Settlers in United States in the 20th Century

  • Joseph Osteen, aged 47, who emigrated to America, in 1918
  • Russell Osteen, aged 21, who landed in America, in 1920
  • Friedrich Osteen, aged 23, who landed in America, in 1923


  • 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
  • Joel Scott Osteen (b. 1963), American author and televangelist
  • Claude "Gomer" Wilson Osteen (b. 1939), American former Major League Baseball left-handed pitcher


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The Osteen Family Crest was acquired from the Houseofnames.com archives. The Osteen 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.

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