Otter Family History

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Otter Name Meaning

English, German, Dutch, and Jewish (Ashkenazic): metonymic occupational name for an otter hunter, or nickname for someone supposedly resembling an otter, from Middle English, Middle High German oter, Middle Dutch otter, German Otter ‘otter’. The Jewish surname can be ornamental. English: from the late Old English personal name Ohthere, a borrowing of Old Norse Óttar, composed of the elements ótti ‘fear’, ‘dread’ + herr ‘army’. In Scotland the Old Norse name is the source. French: from a Germanic personal name composed of the elements aud, od ‘wealth’ + hari, heri ‘army’.

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


Similar surnames: Oster, Cotter, Notter, Potter, Zotter, Etter, Rotter, Stier, Lotter

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Otter Family Origin

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Otter Family Occupations

What did your Otter ancestors do for a living?

In 1921, Labourer and widow were the top reported jobs for men and women in the CA named Otter. 15% of Otter men worked as a Labourer and 34% of Otter women worked as a widow. Some less common occupations for Americans named Otter were Blacksmith and Student Nurse

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Top Male Occupations in 1921

  • Labourer
    15%
  • Carpenter
    10%
  • Farmer
    10%
  • Blacksmith
    5%

Top Female Occupations in 1921

  • widow
    34%
  • Bank Clerk
    34%
  • Student Nurse
    34%

*We display top occupations by gender to maintain their historical accuracy during times when men and women often performed different jobs.

Otter Historical Records

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Census Record

There are 24,000 census records available for the last name Otter. Like a window into their day-to-day life, Otter census records can tell you where and how your ancestors worked, their level of education, veteran status, and more.

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Passenger List

There are 3,000 immigration records available for the last name Otter. Passenger lists are your ticket to knowing when your ancestors arrived in Canada, and how they made the journey - from the ship name to ports of arrival and departure.

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Draft Card

There are 5,000 military records available for the last name Otter. For the veterans among your Otter ancestors, military collections provide insights into where and when they served, and even physical descriptions.

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Otter Life Expectancy

What is the average Otter lifespan?

Between 1956 and 2004, in the United States, Otter life expectancy was at its lowest point in 1956, and highest in 1997. The average life expectancy for Otter in 1956 was 54, and 68 in 2004.

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