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The Otte family name first began to be used in the German state of Bavaria. After the 12th century, as hereditary surnames began to be adopted, names that were derived from locations became particularly common. The family name Otte is a local surname. Originally denoting the proprietorship of an estate or influence within a village, the German preposition von, which means from or of, used with local names, was taken as a mark of aristocracy. The surname Otte was given to 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 Otte evolved from the Old German personal name Ott, a name of Emperors, made famous by Otto the Great (912-973), Holy Roman emperor.

Otte Early Origins



The surname Otte 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.

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Otte Spelling Variations


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Otte 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 Otte include Ott, Otte, Ottel, Oettel, Oettle, Oettli, Otts, Ot and many more.

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Otte Early History


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Otte Early History



This web page shows only a small excerpt of our Otte research. Another 238 words (17 lines of text) covering the years 1563, 1743, 1755, 1788, 1792, and 1840 are included under the topic Early Otte History in all our PDF Extended History products and printed products wherever possible.

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Otte Early Notables (pre 1700)


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Otte Early Notables (pre 1700)



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

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The Great Migration



The great European flow of migration to North America, which began in the middle of the 17th century and continued into the 20th century, was particularly attractive to those from Bavaria who wished to escape either poverty or religious persecution. For many Bavarian tenant farmers, the chance to own their own land was a major incentive. So the widespread colonization of the United States began in 1650, when many immigrants from Germany settled in pockets in Pennsylvania, Texas, New York, Illinois, and California. In Canada, German settlement centered in Ontario and the prairie provinces. Among those of this surname listed in various historical records were:

Otte Settlers in United States in the 17th Century

  • Hermann Otte, who came to New Netherlands (now New York) in 1661

Otte Settlers in United States in the 18th Century

  • Hendrich Otte, aged 21, arrived in Pennsylvania in 1739
  • Carl Otte, who arrived in Long Island in 1780

Otte Settlers in United States in the 19th Century

  • Ludoff Otte, who landed in Pennsylvania in 1803
  • Elis Otte, who arrived in America in 1833
  • Ernst W Otte, who landed in America in 1834
  • Heinrich Friedrich Otte settled in Texas in 1845 with his wife Dorothea Walken and their six children
  • W Jacob Otte, who landed in America in 1845
  • ... (More are available in all our PDF Extended History products and printed products wherever possible.)

Otte Settlers in United States in the 20th Century

  • Henry Otte, who landed in Arkansas in 1906

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Contemporary Notables of the name Otte (post 1700)


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Contemporary Notables of the name Otte (post 1700)



  • Eileen Otte (b. 1922), American model agency executive, co-founder with her husband of Ford Models in 1946
  • Dan Otte (b. 1939), American behavior ecologist, a world expert on crickets and grasshoppers
  • Carl Otte (1924-2011), American politician who served in the Wisconsin State Assembly 1967-1983 and then the Wisconsin State Senate 1983-1987
  • Henning Otte (b. 1968), German politician, member of the Christian Democratic Union of Germany (CDU)
  • Hans Günther Franz Otte (1926-2007), German composer, pianist, and poet
  • Marcel Otte (b. 1948), Belgian archaeologist, Professor of Prehistory at the Université de Ličge, Belgium
  • Marc Otte (b. 1947), Belgian diplomat and politician

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Citations


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Citations



    Other References

    1. Strassburger, Ralph B. Pennsylvania German Pioneers The Original Lists of Arrivals in the Port of Philadelphia 3 Volumes. Baltimore: Picton Press, 1992. Print. (ISBN 978-0929539980).
    2. Zieber, Eugene. Heraldry in America. Philadelphia: Genealogical Publishing Co. Print.
    3. Karlsruhe. Badisches Generallandesarchiv Baden Emigration lists 1866-1911. Salt Lake City: Microfilm of Card Index by the Genealogical Society of Utah. Print.
    4. Bahlow, Hans. Deutschlands geographische Namenwelt Etymologisches Lexikon der Fluss- und Ortsnamen alteuropaischer Herkunft. Frankfurt: Suhrkamp, 1985. Print.
    5. Crozier, William Armstrong Edition. Crozier's General Armory A Registry of American Families Entitled to Coat Armor. New York: Fox, Duffield, 1904. Print.
    6. Kneschke, Dr. Ernest Heinrich. Neues allgemeines Deutsches Adels-Lexicon 9 Volumes New General German Aristocracy Lexicon. Leipzig: Friedrich Voigt, 1859. Print.
    7. Göbel, Otto. Niederdeutsche Familiennamen der Gegenwart Wolfshagen-Schäbentz. Franz: Westphal, 1936. Print.
    8. Passenger Lists of Vessels Arriving at Galveston Texas 1896-1951. National Archives Washington DC. Print.
    9. Hanks, Patricia and Flavia Hodges. A Dictionary of Surnames. Oxford: Oxford University Press, 1988. Print. (ISBN 0-19-211592-8).
    10. Siebmacher, J.J. Siebmachers Wappenbuch. München, Battenberg: 1975. Print.
    11. ...

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

    This page was last modified on 3 December 2014 at 14:43.

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