Otterson Family History

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Otterson Name Meaning

Americanized spelling of Norwegian Ottersen, a patronymic from the personal name Ottar, Old Norse Óttarr, from ótt ‘something fearful’, ‘danger’ + -arr ‘warrior’.

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

Similar surnames: Stenerson, Ostenson, Iverson, Otteson, Oveson, Ottesen, Mortenson

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Otterson Family Origin

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Otterson Family Occupations

What did your Otterson ancestors do for a living?

In 1881, the most common Otterson occupation in the UK was Coal Miner. 40% of Otterson's were Coal Miners. Coal Miner, H. M. Customs O D O (C S Offcr) and Tailors Cutter were the top 3 reported jobs worked by Otterson. A less common occupation for the Otterson family was Warehouse Woman In Mill.

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  • Coal Miner

  • H. M. Customs O D O (C S Offcr)

  • Tailors Cutter

  • Warehouse Woman In Mill


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

Otterson Historical Records

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Census Record

There are 8,000 census records available for the last name Otterson. Like a window into their day-to-day life, Otterson 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 1,000 immigration records available for the last name Otterson. Passenger lists are your ticket to knowing when your ancestors arrived in the UK, and how they made the journey - from the ship name to ports of arrival and departure.

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Draft Card

There are 1,000 military records available for the last name Otterson. For the veterans among your Otterson ancestors, military collections provide insights into where and when they served, and even physical descriptions.

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Otterson Life Expectancy

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Between 1945 and 2004, in the United States, Otterson life expectancy was at its lowest point in 1945, and highest in 1966. The average life expectancy for Otterson in 1945 was 27, and 72 in 2004.

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An unusually short lifespan might indicate that your Otterson 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.

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