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The distinguished and ancient German surname Ostermayer is composed of two elements: "ost," meaning "east," and "meier," whose meaning has evolved from "steward" to "farmer." It is likely that the progenitor of the name was a farmer whose land was in the eastern part of a community.

Ostermayer Early Origins



The surname Ostermayer was first found in Westphalia, where the name is thought to have first emerged. The origins of the name make it possible that several branches of the family emerged independently in different areas during the Middle Ages. The written history of the name dates back to 1370, when Conrad Ostermeier was recorded. The young Ostermayer family played a significant role in the early history of the region, and contributed greatly to the development of medieval Westphalian society.

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Ostermayer Spelling Variations


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Ostermayer Spelling Variations



Spelling variations of this family name include: Ostermeier, Ostermaier, Ostermyer, Ostermayer, Ostermeyer, Ostermeir and many more.

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Ostermayer Early History


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Ostermayer Early History



This web page shows only a small excerpt of our Ostermayer research. Another 181 words (13 lines of text) covering the years 1370, 1482, 1510, 1558, 1678, and 1733 are included under the topic Early Ostermayer History in all our PDF Extended History products and printed products wherever possible.

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Ostermayer Early Notables (pre 1700)


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Ostermayer Early Notables (pre 1700)



Another 27 words (2 lines of text) are included under the topic Early Ostermayer Notables in all our PDF Extended History products and printed products wherever possible.

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The Great Migration


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The Great Migration



Some of the first settlers of this family name or some of its variants were: Jacob Ostermeier, who was on record in Ohio in 1859; Sophie Ostermeier, who came to New York city in 1853; Anna Ostermeier, who came to Iowa in 1869; Vasper Ostermeier who arrived at Ellis Island in 1894.

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Contemporary Notables of the name Ostermayer (post 1700)


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Contemporary Notables of the name Ostermayer (post 1700)



  • Robert W. Ostermayer, American politician, Mayor of Clairton, Pennsylvania, 1933-35; Defeated in Democratic primary, 1933
  • Fritz Ostermayer, German composer, musician, and radiojournalist
  • Christine Ostermayer (b. 1936), Austrian actress

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Citations



    Other References

    1. Bahlow, Hans. Deutschlands geographische Namenwelt Etymologisches Lexikon der Fluss- und Ortsnamen alteuropaischer Herkunft. Frankfurt: Suhrkamp, 1985. Print.
    2. Steed, Henry Wickham . The Hapsburg Monarchy. London: Constable and Company, 1919. Print.
    3. Robb H. Amanda and Andrew Chesler. Encyclopedia of American Family Names. New York: Haper Collins, 1995. Print. (ISBN 0-06-270075-8).
    4. Neubecker, Ottfried. Wappen-Bilder-Lexikon der bürgerlichen Geschlechter Deutschlands, Oesterreichs und der Schweiz. Battenberg, München: 1985. Print.
    5. Tobler-Meyer, Wilhelm. Familiennamen der Ostschweiz. Zürich: 1894. Print.
    6. Götze, Alfred. Familiennamen im badischen Oberland. Heidelberg: C. Winter, 1918. Print.
    7. Weis, Frederick Lewis, Walter Lee Sheppard and David Faris. Ancestral Roots of Sixty Colonists Who Came to New England Between 1623 and 1650 7th Edition. Baltimore: Genealogical Publishing, 1992. Print. (ISBN 0806313676).
    8. Göbel, Otto. Niederdeutsche Familiennamen der Gegenwart Wolfshagen-Schäbentz. Franz: Westphal, 1936. Print.
    9. Gottschald, Max. Deutsche Namenkunde unsere Familiennamen nach ihrer Entstehung und Bedeutung. München: J.F. Lehmanns Verlag, 1932. Print.
    10. Bahlow, Hans and Edda Gentry. Translation Dictionary of German Names 2nd Edition. Madison: University of Wisconsin, 2002. Print.
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    The Ostermayer Family Crest was acquired from the Houseofnames.com archives. The Ostermayer 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 10 November 2015 at 11:26.

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