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Otis Family History

Otis Name Meaning

English: variant of Oates . This name is very common in America but now rare in Britain.

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


Similar surnames: Ottis, Oatis, Ortis, Cortis, Moris, Amis, Estis, Heis, Antis, Bonis

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Where is the Otis family from?

You can see how Otis families moved over time by selecting different census years. The Otis family name was found in the USA, Canada, and Scotland between 1840 and 1920. The most Otis families were found in USA in 1880. In 1840 there were 77 Otis families living in New York. This was about 29% of all the recorded Otis's in USA. New York had the highest population of Otis families in 1840.
Use census records and voter lists to see where families with the Otis surname lived. Within census records, you can often find information like name of household members, ages, birthplaces, residences, and occupations.

What did your Otis ancestors do for a living?

In 1940, Laborer and Teacher were the top reported jobs for men and women in the USA named Otis. 15% of Otis men worked as a Laborer and 8% of Otis women worked as a Teacher. Some less common occupations for Americans named Otis were Truck Driver and Housekeeper. .

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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

  • Laborer
    15%
  • Farmer
    14%
  • Salesman
    5%
  • Truck Driver
    4%

Top Female Occupations In 1940

  • Teacher
    8%
  • Stenographer
    7%
  • Housewife
    6%
  • Housekeeper
    6%
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Census Records

There are 78,000 census records available for the last name Otis. Like a window into their day-to-day life, Otis 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 5,000 immigration records available for the last name Otis. 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 34,000 military records available for the last name Otis. For the veterans among your Otis ancestors, military collections provide insights into where and when they served, and even physical descriptions.

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What is the average Otis lifespan?

Between 1944 and 2004, in the United States, Otis life expectancy was at its lowest point in 1944, and highest in 2002. The average life expectancy for Otis in 1944 was 26, and 74 in 2004.

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