Osterhout History, Family Crest & Coats of Arms

The surname Osterhout 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, Osterhout 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 Osterhout family

The surname Osterhout 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 Osterhout family

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Osterhout 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 Osterhout family (pre 1700)

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Osterhout Ranking

In the United States, the name Osterhout is the 17,627th most popular surname with an estimated 2,487 people with that name. [1]


United States Osterhout migration to the United States +

Some of the first settlers of this family name were:

Osterhout Settlers in United States in the 17th Century
  • Jan Jansen Osterhout, who arrived in New Netherland(s) in 1620-1664 [2]

Canada Osterhout migration to Canada +

Some of the first settlers of this family name were:

Osterhout Settlers in Canada in the 18th Century
  • Mr. William Osterhout U.E. who settled in Home District [York County], Ontario c. 1786 he served in Butler's Rangers [3]
Osterhout Settlers in Canada in the 19th Century
  • John Osterhout, who landed in Canada in 1828
  • Henry Osterhout, who arrived in Canada in 1830
  • Jacob Osterhout, who landed in Canada in 1831
  • David Osterhout, who landed in Canada in 1831
  • Thomas Osterhout, who arrived in Canada in 1831
  • ... (More are available in all our PDF Extended History products and printed products wherever possible.)

Contemporary Notables of the name Osterhout (post 1700) +

  • P. D. Van Osterhout, American Democratic Party politician, Delegate to Democratic National Convention from Iowa, 1916 [4]
  • Peter M. Osterhout, American Republican politician, Delegate to Republican National Convention from Pennsylvania, 1856, 1860; Member of Pennsylvania State Senate 11th District, 1869-71 [5]
  • Paul Osterhout (1859-1944), American politician, U.S. Consular Agent in Bocas del Toro, 1908-11 [5]
  • John Patterson Osterhout (1826-1903), American Republican politician, District Judge in Texas 34th District, 1870-76; Postmaster; Candidate for U.S. Representative from Texas, 1884 [5]
  • John Osterhout, American politician, Member of New York State Assembly from Schoharie County, 1843 [5]
  • James Osterhout, American politician, Member of New York State Assembly from Schoharie County 2nd District, 1852 [5]
  • F. R. Osterhout, American Republican politician, Alternate Delegate to Republican National Convention from California, 1924 [5]


  1. ^ https://namecensus.com/most_common_surnames.htm
  2. ^ Filby, P. William, Meyer, Mary K., Passenger and immigration lists index : a guide to published arrival records of about 500,000 passengers who came to the United States and Canada in the seventeenth, eighteenth, and nineteenth centuries. 1982-1985 Cumulated Supplements in Four Volumes Detroit, Mich. : Gale Research Co., 1985, Print (ISBN 0-8103-1795-8)
  3. ^ Rubincam, Milton. The Old United Empire Loyalists List. Genealogical Publishing Co., Inc, 1976. (Originally published as; United Empire Loyalists. The Centennial of the Settlement of Upper Canada. Rose Publishing Company, 1885.) ISBN 0-8063-0331-X
  4. ^ The Political Graveyard: Alphabetical Name Index. (Retrieved 2015, December 9) . Retrieved from http://politicalgraveyard.com/alpha/index.html
  5. ^ The Political Graveyard: Alphabetical Name Index. (Retrieved 2015, November 10) . Retrieved from http://politicalgraveyard.com/alpha/index.html


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