Otter Name Meaning

English, German, Dutch, and Jewish (Ashkenazic): metonymic occupational name for an otter hunter, or nickname for someone supposedly resembling an otter, from Middle English, Middle High German oter, Middle Dutch otter, German Otter ‘otter’. The Jewish surname can be ornamental. English: from the late Old English personal name Ohthere, a borrowing of Old Norse Óttar, composed of the elements ótti ‘fear’, ‘dread’ + herr ‘army’. In Scotland the Old Norse name is the source. French: from a Germanic personal name composed of the elements aud, od ‘wealth’ + hari, heri ‘army’.

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

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Otter Family Origin

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Otter Family Occupations

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  • Farmer

    28%
  • Laborer

    8%
  • Blacksmith

    4%
  • Carpenter

    4%

In 1880, a less common occupation for the Otter family was Carpenter. Farmer, Laborer and Blacksmith were the top 3 reported jobs worked by Otter. The most common Otter occupation in the USA was Farmer. 28% of Otter's were Farmers.

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Otter Life Expectancy

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United States

Between 1956 and 2004, Otter life expectancy was at its lowest point in 1956, and highest in 1997. The average life expectancy for Otter in 1956 was 54, and 68 in 2004.

Source: Social Security Death Index (SSDI) for Otter

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