Otis Family History

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Otis Name Meaning

English: variant of Oates.

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

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

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Otis Ethnicity Estimate

What are the common regions with the Otis name?

These results combine data from everyone in the AncestryDNA® database with the last name Otis. The Ancestry® ethnicity regions shown are top five most common on average for these people.

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  • England & Wales


  • Ireland & Scotland


  • Germanic Europe


  • France


  • Eastern Europe & Russia


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Otis Family Origin

Where is the Otis family from?

Otis Family Occupations

What did your Otis ancestors do for a living?

In 1880, the most common Otis occupation in the USA was Farmer. 29% of Otis's were Farmers. A less common occupation for the Otis family was Carpenter. Farmer, Keeping House and Laborer were the top 3 reported jobs worked by Otis.

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  • Farmer

  • Keeping House

  • Laborer

  • Carpenter


Census records can tell you a lot of little known facts about your Otis ancestors, such as occupation. Occupation can tell you about your ancestor's social and economic status.

Otis Historical Records

What Otis family records will you find?

Census Record

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 List

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 Card

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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Otis Life Expectancy

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.

View Social Security Death Index (SSDI) for Otis

An unusually short lifespan might indicate that your Otis ancestors lived in harsh conditions. A short lifespan might also indicate health problems that were once prevalent in your family. The SSDI is a searchable database of more than 70 million names. You can find birthdates, death dates, addresses and more.

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