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Osborne Family History

Osborne Name Meaning

English: from the Old Norse personal name Ásbjorn, composed of the elements ás ‘god’ + björn ‘bear’. This was established in England before the Conquest, in the late Old English form Osbern, and was later reinforced by Norman Osbern. The surname Osborne has also been widely established in Ireland since the 16th century.

Source: Dictionary of American Family Names ©2013, Oxford University Press


Similar surnames: Osmond, Ogborn, Osbourne, Odiorne, Osborn, Borne, Stone, Byrne, Borns

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Where is the Osborne family from?

You can see how Osborne families moved over time by selecting different census years. The Osborne family name was found in the USA, the UK, Canada, and Scotland between 1840 and 1920. The most Osborne families were found in the UK in 1891. In 1891 there were 2,596 Osborne families living in London. This was about 17% of all the recorded Osborne's in the UK. London had the highest population of Osborne families in 1891.
Use census records and voter lists to see where families with the Osborne surname lived. Within census records, you can often find information like name of household members, ages, birthplaces, residences, and occupations.

What did your Osborne ancestors do for a living?

In 1939, General Labourer and Unpaid Domestic Duties were the top reported jobs for men and women in the UK named Osborne. 7% of Osborne men worked as a General Labourer and 65% of Osborne women worked as an Unpaid Domestic Duties. Some less common occupations for Americans named Osborne were Bricklayer and Incapacitated.

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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.

Top Male Occupations in 1939

  • General Labourer
    7%
  • Builders Labourer
    3%
  • Incapacitated
    3%
  • Bricklayer
    3%

Top Female Occupations in 1939

  • Unpaid Domestic Duties
    65%
  • Unpaid Domestic
    3%
  • Housewife
    3%
  • Incapacitated
    2%
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Census Records

There are 542,000 census records available for the last name Osborne. Like a window into their day-to-day life, Osborne 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 77,000 immigration records available for the last name Osborne. Passenger lists are your ticket to knowing when your ancestors arrived in the UK, and how they made the journey - from the ship name to ports of arrival and departure.

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Draft Cards

There are 80,000 military records available for the last name Osborne. For the veterans among your Osborne ancestors, military collections provide insights into where and when they served, and even physical descriptions.

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What is the average Osborne lifespan?

Between 1940 and 2004, in the United States, Osborne life expectancy was at its lowest point in 1945, and highest in 2003. The average life expectancy for Osborne in 1940 was 46, and 73 in 2004.

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