Otto Family History

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Otto Name Meaning

German, Dutch, Hungarian (Ottó), Danish, and Swedish: from the personal name Otto (see Ott).

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

Similar surnames: Otte, Otts, Ott, Otten, Lotto, Notte, Motto, Gotto, Botto, Oltz

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Otto Ethnicity Estimate

What are the common regions with the Otto name?

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

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  • England & Wales


  • Germanic Europe


  • Ireland & Scotland


  • Eastern Europe & Russia


  • Norway


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Otto Family Origin

Where is the Otto family from?

Otto Family Occupations

What did your Otto ancestors do for a living?

In 1880, Farmer, Laborer and Keeping House were the top 3 reported jobs worked by Otto. The most common Otto occupation in the USA was Farmer. 26% of Otto's were Farmers. A less common occupation for the Otto family was Carpenter.

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  • Farmer

  • Laborer

  • Keeping House

  • Carpenter


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

Otto Historical Records

What Otto family records will you find?

Census Record

There are 122,000 census records available for the last name Otto. Like a window into their day-to-day life, Otto 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 30,000 immigration records available for the last name Otto. 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 33,000 military records available for the last name Otto. For the veterans among your Otto ancestors, military collections provide insights into where and when they served, and even physical descriptions.

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Otto Life Expectancy

What is the average Otto lifespan?

Between 1944 and 2004, in the United States, Otto life expectancy was at its lowest point in 1944, and highest in 2002. The average life expectancy for Otto in 1944 was 37, and 77 in 2004.

View Social Security Death Index (SSDI) for Otto

An unusually short lifespan might indicate that your Otto 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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