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Cotter Name Meaning

Irish (Cork): from a shortened form of Mac Coitir earlier Mac Oitir ‘son of Oitir’ a Gaelicized form of the Old Norse personal name Óttarr (from ótti ‘fear dread’). Old Norse Óttarr appears to have had two renderings in Gaelic Ottar and Oitir. The former appears in Cotter the latter in Cottier but the record especially of Cottier suggests that the two names have sometimes been confused. English: status name from Middle English coter 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. However in England the name is usually that of Irish immigrant families. Possibly an Americanized form of German Kotter .

Source: Dictionary of American Family Names 2nd edition, 2022

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

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You can see how Cotter families moved over time by selecting different census years. The Cotter family name was found in the USA, the UK, Canada, and Scotland between 1840 and 1920. The most Cotter families were found in USA in 1880. In 1911 there were 108 Cotter families living in Ontario. This was about 35% of all the recorded Cotter's in Canada. Ontario had the highest population of Cotter families in 1911.
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What did your Cotter ancestors do for a living?

In 1921, Farmer and Housekeeper were the top reported jobs for men and women in the Canada named Cotter. 25% of Cotter men worked as a Farmer and 20% of Cotter women worked as a Housekeeper. Some less common occupations for Americans named Cotter were Salesman and Nurse. .

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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 1921

  • Farmer
  • Clerk
  • Labourer
  • Salesman

Top Female Occupations In 1921

  • Housekeeper
  • Income
  • Student
  • Nurse
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There are 19,000 military records available for the last name Cotter. For the veterans among your Cotter ancestors, military collections provide insights into where and when they served, and even physical descriptions.

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What is the average Cotter lifespan?

Between 1945 and 2004, in the United States, Cotter life expectancy was at its lowest point in 1954, and highest in 2004. The average life expectancy for Cotter in 1945 was 39, and 79 in 2004.

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