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Ott Name Meaning

English and German: from a Middle English personal name, Ode, in which personal names of several different origins have coalesced: principally Old English Od(d)a, Old Norse Od(d)a and Continental Germanic Odo, Otto. The first two are short forms of names with the first element Old English ord, Old Norse odd ‘point of a weapon’. The Continental Germanic names are from a short form of compound names with the first element od- ‘possessions’, ‘riches’. The situation is further confused by the fact that all of these names were Latinized as Odo. Odo was the name of the half-brother of the Conqueror, archbishop of Bayeux, who accompanied the Norman expedition to England and was rewarded with 439 confiscated manors. The German name Odo or Otto was a hereditary name in the Saxon ruling house, as well as being borne by Otto von Wittelsbach, who founded the Bavarian ruling dynasty in the 11th century, and the 12th-century Otto of Bamberg, apostle of Pomerania.

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

Similar surnames: Lott, Ort, Gott, Pott, Bott, Dott, Cott, Ost, Mott, Nott

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You can see how Ott families moved over time by selecting different census years. The Ott family name was found in the USA, the UK, Canada, and Scotland between 1840 and 1920. The most Ott families were found in USA in 1880. In 1891 there were 112 Ott families living in London. This was about 67% of all the recorded Ott's in United Kingdom. London had the highest population of Ott families in 1891.
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What did your Ott ancestors do for a living?

In 1939, Wholesale Corn Merchant( and Unpaid Domestic Duties were the top reported jobs for men and women in the United Kingdom named Ott. 34% of Ott men worked as a Wholesale Corn Merchant( and 81% of Ott women worked as an Unpaid Domestic Duties. Some less common occupations for Americans named Ott were Milk Roundsman and Munition Bench Hand. .

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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 1939

  • Wholesale Corn Merchant(
  • Dock Labourer Heavy Worker
  • Milk Roundsman

Top Female Occupations In 1939

  • Unpaid Domestic Duties
  • Household Duties
  • Biscuit Packer
  • Munition Bench Hand
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Passenger Lists

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There are 54,000 military records available for the last name Ott. For the veterans among your Ott ancestors, military collections provide insights into where and when they served, and even physical descriptions.

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What is the average Ott lifespan?

Between 1944 and 2004, in the United States, Ott life expectancy was at its lowest point in 1944, and highest in 2004. The average life expectancy for Ott in 1944 was 24, and 77 in 2004.

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