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

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  • Quarryman

    7%
  • Farmer

    5%
  • Bricklayer

    3%
  • Tailor

    3%

In 1881, a less common occupation for the Otter family was Tailor. The most common Otter occupation in the UK was Quarryman. 7% of Otter's were Quarrymans. Quarryman, Farmer and Bricklayer were the top 3 reported jobs worked by Otter.

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Otter Life Expectancy

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Between 1956 and 2004, 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.

Source: Social Security Death Index (SSDI) for Otter

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