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Olmste(a)d Name Study

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Surnames/tags: Olmstead Olmsted Omstead
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Please contact the project leader Walt Steesy or leave a comment at the foot of the page. If you have any questions, just ask. Thanks!


This is a One Name Study to collect together in one place everything about one surname and the variants of that name. The hope is that other researchers like you will join our study to help make it a valuable reference point for people studying lines that cross or intersect.

The three primary variations of the family name are: Olmstead, Olmsted, and Omstead. Only those where the form of family name is not confirmed will be listed as part of the study. It is estimated that less than 5% of individuals with the family name are in this state of undecided spelling, often due in early records as recorders did not know how an individual used his name. Likewise, many individuals prior to 1900 may never have confirmed one singular use of their name.


The Catagory:Olmste(a)d Names Study is only applied to profiles where records exist in multiple forms of the family name or the person is believe to have one form of the name at birth and the other in their later life.

DNA lines

Relative to the use of the name is the use of DNA to determine lineage. There are five primary DNA lines for the family in America:
(1) Richard & James Olmste(a)d from Essex, England in 1632.
(2) Capt. Jabez Olmsted who appears in Massachusetts in the mid-1700s.
(3) Descendants of Jeremiah Olmsted's "first son" Jabez as his mother was already pregnant when she married Jeremiah; Jeremiah is the eldest son of Capt. Jabez and his other children carry the DNA line of the Captain.
(4) Stephen Olmstead appears in Lycoming/Clinton counties in north central Pennsylvania in the early 1800s.
(5) Jacob Amstutz, whose name was Anglicized to Olmstead, emigrated from Switzerland to Ohio in the early 1800s.
There are other family lines that have the family name, primarily descendants of emigrants from Scandinavia whose names were also Anglicized, probably based on phonics.

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