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Ottum Family History

Ottum Name Meaning

Norwegian: habitational name from a farmstead in Sogn named Ottum, probably from a river name derived from Old Norse ótta ‘to frighten’, denoting a dangerous river.

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


Similar surnames: Ostby, Orum, Otter, Thue, Ott, Motte, Thum, Bottom, Otten, Rott

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Where is the Ottum family from?

You can see how Ottum families moved over time by selecting different census years. The Ottum family name was found in the USA, the UK, Canada, and Scotland between 1861 and 1920. The most Ottum families were found in the USA in 1920. In 1880 there were 10 Ottum families living in Wisconsin. This was 100% of all the recorded Ottum's in the USA. Wisconsin had the highest population of Ottum families in 1880.
Use census records and voter lists to see where families with the Ottum surname lived. Within census records, you can often find information like name of household members, ages, birthplaces, residences, and occupations.

What did your Ottum ancestors do for a living?

In 1940, Farmer and Waitress were the top reported jobs for men and women in the US named Ottum. 46% of Ottum men worked as a Farmer and 43% of Ottum women worked as a Waitress. Some less common occupations for Americans named Ottum were Truck Driver and Bookkeeper.

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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
    46%
  • Laborer
    17%
  • Driver
    13%
  • Truck Driver
    9%

Top Female Occupations in 1940

  • Waitress
    43%
  • Housekeeper
    29%
  • Bookkeeper
    29%
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Census Records

There are 1,000 census records available for the last name Ottum. Like a window into their day-to-day life, Ottum 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 81 immigration records available for the last name Ottum. 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 249 military records available for the last name Ottum. For the veterans among your Ottum ancestors, military collections provide insights into where and when they served, and even physical descriptions.

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What is the average Ottum lifespan?

Between 1952 and 2004, in the United States, Ottum life expectancy was at its lowest point in 1952, and highest in 1981. The average life expectancy for Ottum in 1952 was 45, and 64 in 2004.

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