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Otten Family History

Otten Name Meaning

English (London of Norman origin): variant of Otton from the Norman French personal name Otton oblique case form of Otto ancient Germanic Oddo Odo Audo. Compare Ott Oates . North German and Dutch: patronymic from the personal name Otto .

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


Similar surnames: Ottens, Otter, Otte, Osten, Etten, Botten, Ooten, Cotten, Otto, Olden

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Where is the Otten family from?

You can see how Otten families moved over time by selecting different census years. The Otten family name was found in the USA, the UK, and Scotland between 1840 and 1920. The most Otten families were found in USA in 1880. In 1840 there were 4 Otten families living in New York. This was about 67% of all the recorded Otten's in USA. New York had the highest population of Otten families in 1840.
Use census records and voter lists to see where families with the Otten surname lived. Within census records, you can often find information like name of household members, ages, birthplaces, residences, and occupations.

What did your Otten ancestors do for a living?

In 1940, Farmer and Housework were the top reported jobs for men and women in the USA named Otten. 20% of Otten men worked as a Farmer and 12% of Otten women worked as a Housework. Some less common occupations for Americans named Otten were Clerk and Waitress. .

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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
    20%
  • Laborer
    11%
  • Salesman
    7%
  • Clerk
    5%

Top Female Occupations In 1940

  • Housework
    12%
  • Housewife
    8%
  • Housekeeper
    8%
  • Waitress
    6%
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Census Records

There are 18,000 census records available for the last name Otten. Like a window into their day-to-day life, Otten 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 6,000 immigration records available for the last name Otten. 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 4,000 military records available for the last name Otten. For the veterans among your Otten ancestors, military collections provide insights into where and when they served, and even physical descriptions.

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What is the average Otten lifespan?

Between 1954 and 2004, in the United States, Otten life expectancy was at its lowest point in 1954, and highest in 1994. The average life expectancy for Otten in 1954 was 45, and 77 in 2004.

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