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Ota Surname Meaning

Japanese (Ōta): written 大田 ‘large rice paddy’ and 太田. It is found mostly in western Japan and the Ryūkyū Islands. Some bearers are descended from the Minamoto clan and the surname is listed in the Shinsen shōjiroku. A village in Tōtōmi (now part of Shizuoka prefecture) gave its name to several families but the village itself was originally named after a branch of the ancient Ōta clan which settled there. Compare Ohta .

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


Similar surnames: Oba, Oda, Oka, Oki, Oja, Cota, Oza, Ott, Mota, Ohta

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Where is the Ota family from?

You can see how Ota families moved over time by selecting different census years. The Ota family name was found in the USA, the UK, and Canada between 1880 and 1920. The most Ota families were found in USA in 1920. In 1891 there were 3 Ota families living in Sussex. This was about 75% of all the recorded Ota's in United Kingdom. Sussex had the highest population of Ota families in 1891.
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What did your Ota ancestors do for a living?

In 1940, Laborer and Laborer were the top reported jobs for men and women in the USA named Ota. 20% of Ota men worked as a Laborer and 15% of Ota women worked as a Laborer. Some less common occupations for Americans named Ota were Proprietor and Maid. .

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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.

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Top Male Occupations In 1940

  • Laborer
    20%
  • Farm Laborer
    14%
  • Farmer
    13%
  • Proprietor
    9%

Top Female Occupations In 1940

  • Laborer
    15%
  • Farm Laborer
    8%
  • Helper
    8%
  • Maid
    8%
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Passenger Lists

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

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What is the average Ota lifespan?

Between 1950 and 2004, in the United States, Ota life expectancy was at its lowest point in 1950, and highest in 1978. The average life expectancy for Ota in 1950 was 24, and 88 in 2004.

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