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Otterman Name Meaning

Americanized form of German Ottermann: elaborated form of Otter 1 and a distinguishing form (for the son or follower) of Otter 2 with the addition of Middle High German man ‘man’. Americanized form of German Ottermann: habitational name for someone from a place called Otter near Lüneburg. Jewish (Ashkenazic): elaborated form of Otter 1 with the addition of Yiddish man ‘man’.

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


Similar surnames: Osterman, Kolterman, Batterman, Holterman, Putterman, Ostermann

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Where is the Otterman family from?

You can see how Otterman families moved over time by selecting different census years. The Otterman family name was found in the USA, the UK, Canada, and Scotland between 1840 and 1920. The most Otterman families were found in USA in 1880. In 1840 there were 4 Otterman families living in Pennsylvania. This was about 80% of all the recorded Otterman's in USA. Pennsylvania had the highest population of Otterman families in 1840.
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What did your Otterman ancestors do for a living?

In 1940, Farmer and Teacher were the top reported jobs for men and women in the USA named Otterman. 37% of Otterman men worked as a Farmer and 19% of Otterman women worked as a Teacher. Some less common occupations for Americans named Otterman were Accountant and Maid. .

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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
    37%
  • Painter
    10%
  • Laborer
    7%
  • Accountant
    7%

Top Female Occupations In 1940

  • Teacher
    19%
  • Stenographer
    19%
  • Clerk
    14%
  • Maid
    14%
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Census Records

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Passenger Lists

There are 309 immigration records available for the last name Otterman. 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 528 military records available for the last name Otterman. For the veterans among your Otterman ancestors, military collections provide insights into where and when they served, and even physical descriptions.

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What is the average Otterman lifespan?

Between 1963 and 2004, in the United States, Otterman life expectancy was at its lowest point in 1964, and highest in 2002. The average life expectancy for Otterman in 1963 was 84, and 77 in 2004.

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