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This very unusual and interesting name is of Norman (French) origin, introduced into England after the Norman Conquest of 1066. It is an occupational surname, given originally to an inn-or tavern-keeper, derived from the Old French word 'oste, hoste', host, and echoed in the phrase still used in inns and public houses of today, 'mine host'. One Richard le Ost is recorded in the 'Chartulary of Guisburn Priory', Yorkshire, in circa 1200. In some cases, the modern surname 'Ost' may derive from a German or Dutch form of the English topographic name 'East', for someone who lived in the eastern part of a town or settlement, or outside it to the east, or someone regarded as 'coming from the east'.

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Janelle Allen

II'm attempting to locate information regarding my Great-Great grandmother named Jane Ost born in County Wexford, Ireland in 1825 and married James Wilson in Gorey, Wexford Ireland in Jan 9 1846. Would really like to find her birth records to her parents. I believe her mother may be named Ellen.


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