Ottle Surname History

The ancient roots of the Ottle family are found in the German state of Bavaria. Ottle was a local name, for someone who lived in Bavaria, where the name came from humble beginnings but gained a significant reputation for its contribution to the emerging medieval society. The name Ottle evolved from the Old German personal name Ott, a name of Emperors, made famous by Otto the Great (912-973), Holy Roman emperor.

Early Origins of the Ottle family

The surname Ottle was first found in Bavaria, where the name came from humble beginnings but gained a significant reputation for its contribution to the emerging mediaeval society. It later became more prominent as many branches of the same house acquired distant estates and branches, some in foreign countries, always elevating their social status by their great contributions to society.

Important Dates for the Ottle family

This web page shows only a small excerpt of our Ottle research. Another 168 words (12 lines of text) covering the years 1563, 1743, 1755, 1788, 1792, and 1840 are included under the topic Early Ottle History in all our PDF Extended History products and printed products wherever possible.

Ottle Spelling Variations

Many cultural groups lived in the German states in medieval times. Each had its own dialect and traditions, and unique variations of popular names. Low German, which is similar to contemporary Dutch, was spoken in Westphalia. German names are characterized by additions such as regional suffixes and phrases that tell something about the origin or background of its original bearer. Further contributing to the variation in German names was the fact that there were no spelling rules in medieval times: scribes recorded names according to their sound. The recorded spelling variations of Ottle include Ott, Otte, Ottel, Oettel, Oettle, Oettli, Otts, Ot and many more.

Early Notables of the Ottle family (pre 1700)

Another 42 words (3 lines of text) are included under the topic Early Ottle Notables in all our PDF Extended History products and printed products wherever possible.

Migration of the Ottle family

German settlers were among the most common to come to North America between the mid-17th and mid-20th centuries. Poverty and religious persecution drove many Bavarians to make this long trek. tenant farmers were also enticed by the prospect of owning land. From east to west, these German immigrants populated the United States, settling in Pennsylvania, Texas, New York, Illinois, and California. Ontario and the prairie provinces of Canada also provided homes to many. Early settlers bearing the Ottle surname or a spelling variation of the name include: Hermann Otte, who came to New Netherlands (now New York) in 1661. Hans Michael Ott settled in Philadelphia in 1743; Jacob Ott arrived in New York City in 1765.

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