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Spelling variations of this family name include: Ostertag, Ostertagg, Osterdag, Osterdagg and others.

First found in Baden in Swabia, where the name was anciently associated with the tribal conflicts of the area. They declared allegiances to many nobles and princes of early history, lending their influence in struggles for power and status within the region. They branched into many houses, and their contributions were sought by many leaders in their search for power.


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This web page shows only a small excerpt of our Ostertag research. Another 155 words (11 lines of text) covering the years 184 and 1847 are included under the topic Early Ostertag History in all our PDF Extended History products.

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Some of the first settlers of this family name were:

Ostertag Settlers in United States in the 18th Century


  • Christian Ostertag, who arrived in Philadelphia in 1739
  • Matthias Ostertag, who landed in Pennsylvania in 1749
  • Martin Ostertag, who arrived in Pennsylvania in 1765
  • Joh Geo Ostertag, who Oath of Allegiance was recorded in Pennsylvania in 1772
  • Joh Geo Ostertag, who landed in Pennsylvania in 1772


Ostertag Settlers in United States in the 19th Century


  • Alois Ostertag, who came from Switzerland to America in 1843
  • Maria Ostertag, aged 24, landed in New York in 1854
  • Carolina Ostertag, aged 17, arrived in New York in 1854
  • Andreas Ostertag, aged 20, arrived in New York in 1875
  • Berthold Ostertag, who landed in Mississippi in 1890

Ostertag Settlers in Canada in the 18th Century


  • Anthony Ostertag, who arrived in Nova Scotia in 1751

Ostertag Settlers in Canada in the 19th Century


  • Louis Jaques Ostertag, who arrived in Red River, Canada in 1821

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  • Harold Charles Ostertag (1896-1985), American Republican politician, Member of New York State Assembly from Wyoming County, 1932-50; U.S. Representative from New York, 1951-65
  • Augustus Ostertag, American politician, U.S. Vice Consul in Guatemala City, 1924; Havana, 1925; Matanzas, 1926; Bremerhaven, 1929-32; Bremen, 1932
  • Bob Ostertag (b. 1957), American musician and electronic music composer
  • Greg Ostertag (b. 1973), American professional (NBA) basketball player
  • Robert von Ostertag (1864-1940), German veterinarian
  • Heiger Ostertag (b. 1953), German novelist
  • Sébastien Ostertag (b. 1979), French team handball player
  • Harold Charles Ostertag (1896-1985), Republican member of the US Congress from New York from 1951 to 1965


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  1. Brechenmacher, Josef Karlmann. Deutches Namenbuch. Stuttgart: Verlag von Adolf Bonz & Comp, 1928. Print.
  2. Kneschke, Dr. Ernest Heinrich. Neues allgemeines Deutsches Adels-Lexicon 9 Volumes New General German Aristocracy Lexicon. Leipzig: Friedrich Voigt, 1859. Print.
  3. Bolton, Charles Knowles. Bolton's American Armory. Baltimore: Heraldic Book Company, 1964. Print.
  4. Göbel, Otto. Niederdeutsche Familiennamen der Gegenwart Wolfshagen-Schäbentz. Franz: Westphal, 1936. Print.
  5. Nied, Edmund. Fraenkische Familiennamen urkundlich gesammelt und sprachlich gedeutet. Heidelberg: C. Winter, 1933. Print.
  6. Zieber, Eugene. Heraldry in America. Philadelphia: Genealogical Publishing Co. Print.
  7. Passenger Lists of Vessels Arriving at Galveston Texas 1896-1951. National Archives Washington DC. Print.
  8. Tobler-Meyer, Wilhelm. Familiennamen der Ostschweiz. Zürich: 1894. Print.
  9. Gottschald, Max. Deutsche Namenkunde unsere Familiennamen nach ihrer Entstehung und Bedeutung. München: J.F. Lehmanns Verlag, 1932. Print.
  10. Bahlow, Hans (Edda Gentry trns). Dictionary of German Names . Madison, Wisconsin: Max Kade Institute, 2002. Print. (ISBN 0-924119-35-7).
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The Ostertag Family Crest was acquired from the Houseofnames.com archives. The Ostertag 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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