Cotter Family History

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Cotter Name Meaning

Irish (co. Cork): reduced Anglicized form of Gaelic Mac Oitir ‘son of Oitir’, a personal name borrowed from Old Norse Óttarr, composed of the elements ótti ‘fear’, ‘dread’ + herr ‘army’. English: status name from Middle English cotter, a technical term in the feudal system for a serf or bond tenant who held a cottage by service rather than rent, from Old English cot ‘cottage’, ‘hut’ (see Coates) + -er agent suffix. Probably an Americanized spelling of German Kotter.

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


Similar surnames: Otter, Cutter, Cotner, Potter, Cater, Coster, Rotter, Cotten, Comer

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Cotter Family Origin

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Cotter Family Occupations

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  • Farmer

    26%
  • Laborer

    17%
  • Keeping House

    8%
  • Keeps House

    2%

In 1880, a less common occupation for the Cotter family was Keeps House. The most common Cotter occupation in the USA was Farmer. 26% of Cotter's were Farmers. Farmer, Laborer and Keeping House were the top 3 reported jobs worked by Cotter.

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Cotter Historical Records

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Cotter Life Expectancy

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