Cotter Family History

14-Day Free Trial

GIVE ME ACCESS

Cotter Name Meaning

Irish (co. Cork): reduced Anglicized form of Gaelic Mac Oitir ‘son of Oitir’, a personal name borrowed from Old Norse Óttarr, composed of the elements ótti ‘fear’, ‘dread’ + herr ‘army’. English: status name from Middle English cotter, a technical term in the feudal system for a serf or bond tenant who held a cottage by service rather than rent, from Old English cot ‘cottage’, ‘hut’ (see Coates) + -er agent suffix. Probably an Americanized spelling of German Kotter.

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


Similar surnames: Otter, Cutter, Cotner, Potter, Cater, Coster, Rotter, Cotten, Comer

Ready to discover your family story?

Simply start with yourself and we'll do the searching for you.

Cotter Family Origin

Where is the Cotter family from?

SHOW MORE

Cotter Family Occupations

What did your Cotter ancestors do for a living?

Census records can tell you a lot of little known facts about your Cotter ancestors, such as occupation. Occupation can tell you about your ancestor's social and economic status.

SHOW MORE
  • Farmer

    22%
  • Labourer

    10%
  • Laborer

    5%
  • Butcher

    4%

In 1881, the most common Cotter occupation in Canada was Farmer. 22% of Cotter's were Farmers. A less common occupation for the Cotter family was Butcher. Farmer, Labourer and Laborer were the top 3 reported jobs worked by Cotter.

Source: Census data for Cotter | Data not to scale

Cotter Historical Records

What Cotter family records will you find?

Census records can give you a fascinating window into the day-to-day lives of your Cotter ancestors - like hours worked per week, level of education, veteran status, employers, and more.

Search 1881 Canadian census records for Cotter

Solve your own mystery as you explore your history.

Cotter Life Expectancy

What is the average Cotter lifespan?

An unusually short lifespan might indicate that your Cotter ancestors lived in harsh conditions. A short lifespan might also indicate health problems that were once prevalent in your family. The SSDI is a searchable database of more than 70 million names. You can find birthdates, death dates, addresses and more.

SHOW MORE

United States

Famous Cotter Family

Is anyone famous hiding in your tree?

SHOW MORE
Abraham Lincoln1809 - 1865 (56)
Mark Twain1835 - 1910 (74)
Ansel Easton Adams1902 - 1984 (82)
Victor Hugo1802 - 1885 (83)
Abraham Lincoln1809 - 1865 (56)
Mark Twain1835 - 1910 (74)
Ansel Easton Adams1902 - 1984 (82)

Grace Kelly1929 - 1982 (52)
Audrey Hepburn1929 - 1993 (63)
Frank Lloyd Wright1867 - 1959 (91)
John Philip Sousa1854 - 1932 (77)
Grace Kelly1929 - 1982 (52)
Audrey Hepburn1929 - 1993 (63)
Frank Lloyd Wright1867 - 1959 (91)
Look up another name