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Type Surname (from location)
Usage Dutch
Pronounced Pron. O-str-howt  [key]
Other Forms Formsvan Oosterhoudt, Oosterhout

Meaning & History

From the town of Oosterhout,, meaning "East Wood", as it is located nearby forests in the east of the Netherlands. Primary modern usage is in the United States can be traced back to Jan Jensen van Oosterhoudt, who immigrated to New Amsterdam in the 17th Century, and has been generally been simplified to Osterhout, where the O is pronounced as "AW". The correct Dutch pronunciation has the O pronounced as in "boat".
Added 6/30/2012 by Bram Osterhout
Edited 3/6/2020 by Mike C