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Otani Name Meaning

(Otani): ‘large valley’; mostly found in western Japan. Another pronunciation, Oya, is found in eastern Japan. (Otani): ‘small valley’; this is more usually pronounced Kotani or Koya; all three forms are from western Japan.

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

Similar surnames: Tani, Ota, Otake, Osaki, Tan, Okano, Tano, Ozaki, Tanji, Ogan

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Where is the Otani family from?

You can see how Otani families moved over time by selecting different census years. The Otani family name was found in the USA, and Canada between 1911 and 1920. The most Otani families were found in the USA in 1920. In 1920 there were 24 Otani families living in California. This was about 36% of all the recorded Otani's in the USA. California had the highest population of Otani families in 1920.
Use census records and voter lists to see where families with the Otani surname lived. Within census records, you can often find information like name of household members, ages, birthplaces, residences, and occupations.

What did your Otani ancestors do for a living?

In 1940, Farmer and Laborer were the top reported jobs for men and women in the US named Otani. 28% of Otani men worked as a Farmer and 50% of Otani women worked as a Laborer. Some less common occupations for Americans named Otani were Labor and Helper.

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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 1940

  • Farmer
  • Laborer
  • Proprietor
  • Labor

Top Female Occupations in 1940

  • Laborer
  • Helper
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Census Records

There are 1,000 census records available for the last name Otani. Like a window into their day-to-day life, Otani census records can tell you where and how your ancestors worked, their level of education, veteran status, and more.

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Passenger Lists

There are 2,000 immigration records available for the last name Otani. Passenger lists are your ticket to knowing when your ancestors arrived in the USA, and how they made the journey - from the ship name to ports of arrival and departure.

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Draft Cards

There are 600 military records available for the last name Otani. For the veterans among your Otani ancestors, military collections provide insights into where and when they served, and even physical descriptions.

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What is the average Otani lifespan?

Between 1959 and 2004, in the United States, Otani life expectancy was at its lowest point in 1995, and highest in 1971. The average life expectancy for Otani in 1959 was 60, and 87 in 2004.

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