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The German surname Ottersbach has several possible origins, but they can all be traced back to the kingdom of Bavaria, located in the southern part of Germany. The name may be derived from a place name, such as "Usterbach," a town near the Bavarian city of Augsburg, or "Otterbach," the name of several German towns, and would in this case refer to someone who came from one of these places. Alternatively, the name may be derived from the German words "uter," meaning "coming from," and "Bach," meaning "stream." In this case, the name would have been originally borne by someone living close to a stream. Finally, the name may be derived from the personal name "Utters;" in this instance, the name would mean "son of Utters."

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Spelling variations of this family name include: Utterback, Utterbach, Ottirbach, Usterpach, Otter, Otterbeeck, Otterbach and many more.

First found in the town of Armorbach, where Erkinbertus dictus de Ottirbach, the first recorded bearer of the name, was living in 1298. Another early instance of the name dates back to 1323, when a butcher named Usterpach was residing in Augsburg.


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This web page shows only a small excerpt of our Ottersbach research. Another 203 words (14 lines of text) covering the years 1298, 1323, and 1357 are included under the topic Early Ottersbach History in all our PDF Extended History products.

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Some of the first settlers of this family name were:

Ottersbach Settlers in United States in the 19th Century


  • Susanne Ottersbach, aged 48, arrived in America in 1881

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The Ottersbach Family Crest was acquired from the Houseofnames.com archives. The Ottersbach 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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