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Origins Available: German, Italian

Where did the Italian Otto family come from? What is the Italian Otto family crest and coat of arms? When did the Otto family first arrive in the United States? Where did the various branches of the family go? What is the Otto family history?

The Otto surname was created from the Germanic personal name Odo, or Otto. Oddi, is patronymic or plural form of the surname.

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Spelling variations of this family name include: Oddi, Oddo, Odda, Odi, Oddone, Oddoni, Odone, Otto, Oddini, Ottoni, Odino, Ottella, Ottobelli, Ottolino and many more.

First found in Perugia (Latin: Perusia), the capital city of the region of Umbria in central Italy, crossed by the Tiber River, capital of the province of Perugia. Perusia took part in a rebellion in 295 B.C. and was reduced with the exceptions of the temples Vulcan and Juno. In the 9th century A.D the city was a papal territory but remained true to the Guelphs. Records are found in 1280, when Oddo Oddi was mayor of Parma. From this family came two more mayors in Parma: Ungaro in 1291 and Marolo in 1293. To be recorded at this time, at the beginning of recorded history, was of itself a great distinction and indicative of noble ancestry.


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This web page shows only a small excerpt of our Otto research. Another 183 words(13 lines of text) covering the years 1567, 1818, 1450, 1540, 1526, 1646, 1710, 1667 and 1740 are included under the topic Early Otto History in all our PDF Extended History products.

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Another 347 words(25 lines of text) are included under the topic Early Otto Notables in all our PDF Extended History products.

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Some of the first settlers of this family name were:

Otto Settlers in the United States in the 18th Century


  • Heinrich Otto, who arrived in Pennsylvania in 1739
  • Mathias Otto, who arrived in Philadelphia County, Pennsylvania in 1740
  • John Matthew Otto, who arrived in New York, NY in 1750
  • Nicolaus Christian Otto, who landed in Pennsylvania in 1753
  • Henrich Otto, aged 20, arrived in Pennsylvania in 1753


Otto Settlers in the United States in the 19th Century


  • Johannes Otto, who landed in Pennsylvania in 1804
  • Johannes Otto, who arrived in Pennsylvania in 1804
  • Henry Otto, who landed in Maryland in 1828
  • Elisabeth Otto, who landed in America in 1839
  • Doroth Christiane Otto, aged 37, arrived in America in 1844


Otto Settlers in the United States in the 20th Century


  • Charles Otto, who arrived in Michigan in 1902
  • Charles Otto, who settled in Michigan in 1902 with his wife, Alette Swendsen, and their two children

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  • Thomas Otto (b. 1938), American engineer, owner and founder of Thor Engineers, Leonia, N.J
  • William Tod Otto (1816-1905), American judge
  • Nikolaus August Otto (1832-1891), German inventor, who was the co-inventor of the internal combustion engine and patented the four-stroke "Otto engine" in 1884
  • Frei Paul Otto (b. 1925), German architect and structural engineer
  • Gustav Otto (1883-1926), German aircraft and aircraft-engine designer and manufacturer
  • Jan Otto (1841-1916), Czech publisher and bookseller
  • Lisa Otto (1919-2013), German operatic soprano


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  • The Trummel Family, 1633-1989 and Related Lines Otto, Gurtner, Ehling by Eleanor Clary.
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  1. Rolland, and H.V. Rolland. Illustrations to the Armorial Général by J.B. Rietstap. Ramsbury: Heraldry Today, 1967. Print. (ISBN 0-0900455-209).
  2. Bascapè, Giacomo and Marcello del Piazzo. Insegne e Simboli Araldica pubblica e privata medievale e moderna. Rome: 1983. Print.
  3. Gheno, Antonio. Contributo alla Bibliografia Genealogica Italiana. Bologna: Forni, 1924. Print.
  4. Glazier, Ira A. and P. Williams Filby Edition. Italians to America. Lanham, MD: Rowman & Littlefield. Print.
  5. Guelfi Camajani, Piero. Dizionario Araldico 1940 Reprint Arnoaldo Forni. Milan: 1978. Print.
  6. Di Crollalanza, Goffredo. Enciclopedia araldico cavalleresca Prontuario nobiliare. Pisa: Presso La Direzione Del Giorale Araldica , 1878. Print.
  7. Crozier, William Armstrong Edition. Crozier's General Armory A Registry of American Families Entitled to Coat Armor. New York: Fox, Duffield, 1904. Print.
  8. Stiens, Robert E. Passenger list Italy to New York 1893 In Italian Genealogist. Torrance, CA: Augustan Society No 3, 1983. Print.
  9. Battilana, Natale, Ed. Genealogie Dello Famiglie Nobili di Genova. Genova: Fratelli Pagano, 1825. Print.
  10. Zieber, Eugene. Heraldry in America. Philadelphia: Genealogical Publishing Co. Print.
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The Otto Family Crest was acquired from the Houseofnames.com archives. The Otto Family Crest was drawn according to heraldic standards based on published blazons. We generally include the oldest published family crest once associated with each surname.

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