Other History, Family Crest & Coats of Arms

The name Other was brought to England in the wave of migration that followed the Norman Conquest of 1066. Other is based on the Scandinavian given name Ottur. When used as a surname Otter indicates that the father of the original bearer was named Ottur.

Early Origins of the Other family

The surname Other was first found in Huntingdon where they held a family seat from very ancient times, and are believed to be descended from the celebrated Castellan of Windsor, William FitzOther, son of Otherus, the Duke of Lombardy, the great Norman land owner at the time of the Conquest, who was also scion of the Fitzgeralds, the Gerards and the Windsors. The Clan proliferated in east Yorkshire, Nottingham, Lincoln and Derby.

Early History of the Other family

This web page shows only a small excerpt of our Other research. Another 141 words (10 lines of text) covering the years 1140, 1250, 1264, 1291, 1296, 1548, and 1837 are included under the topic Early Other History in all our PDF Extended History products and printed products wherever possible.

Other Spelling Variations

Before the last few hundred years the English language had no fixed system of spelling rules. For that reason, spelling variations occurred commonly in Anglo Norman surnames. Over the years, many variations of the name Other were recorded, including Other, Others, Otter, Otters, Ottyr, Otre, Otir, Oter, Oder, Othyr, FitzOther and many more.

Early Notables of the Other family (pre 1700)

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United States Other migration to the United States +

The unstable environment in England at this time caused numerous families to board ships and leave in search of opportunity and freedom from persecution abroad in places like Ireland, Australia, and particularly the New World. The voyage was extremely difficult, however, and only taken at great expense. The cramped conditions and unsanitary nature of the vessels caused many to arrive diseased and starving, not to mention destitute from the enormous cost. Still opportunity in the emerging nations of Canada and the United States was far greater than at home and many went on to make important contributions to the cultures of their adopted countries. An examination of many early immigration records reveals that people bearing the name Other arrived in North America very early:

Other Settlers in United States in the 17th Century
  • Thomas Other, who arrived in Virginia in 1638 [1]
Other Settlers in United States in the 18th Century
  • Johan Casspar Other, who settled in Philadelphia in 1740
  • Johann Other, who settled in Philadelphia in 1740
  • Johan Casspar Other who settled in Philadelphia, Pennsylvania in 1740
Other Settlers in United States in the 19th Century
  • Frederick Other, aged 32, who landed in Missouri in 1847 [1]


  1. ^ Filby, P. William, Meyer, Mary K., Passenger and immigration lists index : a guide to published arrival records of about 500,000 passengers who came to the United States and Canada in the seventeenth, eighteenth, and nineteenth centuries. 1982-1985 Cumulated Supplements in Four Volumes Detroit, Mich. : Gale Research Co., 1985, Print (ISBN 0-8103-1795-8)


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