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Onstad Surname Meaning

Norwegian: habitational name from the name of any of seven farmsteads mainly in the southeast most of them with names formed from any of various Old Norse personal names + stathir ‘farmstead’ as for example Augunarstathir from the personal name Authun (from Auth ‘wealth’ + un ‘friend’). Probably an altered form of German Amstad a topographic name from Middle Low German am ‘at the’ + stade ‘bank shore’.

Source: Dictionary of American Family Names 2nd edition, 2022


Similar surnames: Olstad, Enstad, Hunstad, Rogstad, Rolstad, Holstad, Rostad, Kolstad

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Where is the Onstad family from?

You can see how Onstad families moved over time by selecting different census years. The Onstad family name was found in the USA, and Canada between 1880 and 1920. The most Onstad families were found in USA in 1880. In 1880 there were 42 Onstad families living in Minnesota. This was about 53% of all the recorded Onstad's in USA. Minnesota had the highest population of Onstad families in 1880.
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What did your Onstad ancestors do for a living?

In 1940, Farmer and Teacher were the top reported jobs for men and women in the USA named Onstad. 29% of Onstad men worked as a Farmer and 47% of Onstad women worked as a Teacher. Some less common occupations for Americans named Onstad were Salesman and Teaching School. .

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*We display top occupations by gender to maintain their historical accuracy during times when men and women often performed different jobs.

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Top Male Occupations In 1940

  • Farmer
    29%
  • Laborer
    22%
  • Farming
    13%
  • Salesman
    13%

Top Female Occupations In 1940

  • Teacher
    47%
  • Clerk
    27%
  • Dental Assistant
    14%
  • Teaching School
    14%
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Census Records

There are 2,000 census records available for the last name Onstad. Like a window into their day-to-day life, Onstad census records can tell you where and how your ancestors worked, their level of education, veteran status, and more.

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Passenger Lists

There are 406 immigration records available for the last name Onstad. Passenger lists are your ticket to knowing when your ancestors arrived in Australia, and how they made the journey - from the ship name to ports of arrival and departure.

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Draft Cards

There are 530 military records available for the last name Onstad. For the veterans among your Onstad ancestors, military collections provide insights into where and when they served, and even physical descriptions.

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What is the average Onstad lifespan?

Between 1963 and 2004, in the United States, Onstad life expectancy was at its lowest point in 1976, and highest in 1974. The average life expectancy for Onstad in 1963 was 82, and 72 in 2004.

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