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

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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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  • Greg Ostertag (b. 1973), American professional (NBA) basketball player
  • Bob Ostertag (b. 1957), American musician and electronic music composer
  • Heiger Ostertag (b. 1953), German novelist
  • Robert von Ostertag (1864-1940), German veterinarian
  • Harold Charles Ostertag (1896-1985), Republican member of the US Congress from New York from 1951 to 1965
  • Sébastien Ostertag (b. 1979), French team handball player


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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.

This page was last modified on 25 June 2014 at 10:31.

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