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Multiple Origins for the Surname Otten



The Otten surname first began to be used in the German state of Bavaria, some time after the 12th century, when hereditary surnames were adopted according to fairly general rules, and names that were derived from locations became particularly common. The family name Otten 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 Otten was given to someone who lived in Bavaria, where the name Otting contributed greatly to the development of an emerging nation, and later played a large role in the tribal and national conflicts of the area.

Otten Early Origins



The surname Otten was first found in Bavaria, where the name Otten contributed greatly to the development of an emerging nation and later played a large role in the tribal and national conflicts of the area. In later years the name branched into many houses, each playing a significant role in local social and political affairs.

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Otten Spelling Variations


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Otten Spelling Variations



One can encounter great variation in the spelling of surnames: in early times, spelling in general, and thus the spelling of names was not yet standardized; and later, spellings would change with branching and movement of families. Variations of the name Otten include Otting, Ottingg, Oting, Ottinger, Otingg, Ottyng, Otyng, Ottinng, Otinng, Ottinge, Ottin, Otten, Otin and many more.

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Otten Early History


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Otten Early History



This web page shows only a small excerpt of our Otten research. Another 167 words (12 lines of text) covering the years 1813 and 1817 are included under the topic Early Otten History in all our PDF Extended History products and printed products wherever possible.

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Otten Early Notables (pre 1700)


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Otten Early Notables (pre 1700)



Another 21 words (2 lines of text) are included under the topic Early Otten Notables in all our PDF Extended History products and printed products wherever possible.

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The Great Migration


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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:

Otten Settlers in United States in the 17th Century

  • Helmerich Otten, who arrived in New York in 1663
  • Helmerich Otten, who landed in New Netherland(s) in 1663

Otten Settlers in United States in the 19th Century

  • Carl Otten, who came to Pennsylvania in 1805
  • Carl Otten, who landed in Pennsylvania in 1805
  • Bermud Otten, who settled in New York, NY in 1827
  • Cath Elis Otten, who arrived in America in 1835
  • Anna Mar Otten, aged 50, arrived in New Orleans, La in 1843
  • ... (More are available in all our PDF Extended History products and printed products wherever possible.)

Otten Settlers in New Zealand in the 19th Century

  • John Otten arrived in Wellington, New Zealand aboard the ship "Oliver Lang" in 1858

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Contemporary Notables of the name Otten (post 1700)


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Contemporary Notables of the name Otten (post 1700)



  • Donald F. Otten (1921-1985), American professional basketball player
  • Leslie B. "Les" Otten (b. 1949), American former CEO of the American Skiing Company
  • Jonny Otten (b. 1961), retired German footballer
  • Katherine Maree "Kate" Otten (b. 1964), South African architect
  • Max Otten (b. 1992), professional Australian rules football player
  • Mark Otten (b. 1985), Dutch professional footballer
  • Andy Otten (b. 1989), Australian rules football player

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Citations


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Citations



    Other References

    1. Nied, Edmund. Fraenkische Familiennamen urkundlich gesammelt und sprachlich gedeutet. Heidelberg: C. Winter, 1933. Print.
    2. Rupp, Daniel L. A Collection of Upwards of Thirty Thousand Names of German, Swiss, Dutch, French and Other Immigrants to Pennsylvania from 1727 to 1776. Baltimore: Genealogical Publishing, 2000. Print. (ISBN 978-0806303024).
    3. Haverkamp, Alfred. Medieval Germany 1056-1273 2nd edition. Oxford: Oxford University Press, 1988. Print.
    4. Hildenbrand, A.M. Wappenfibel. Handbuch der Heraldik. Neustadt an der Aisch: 1970. Print.
    5. Kneschke, Dr. Ernest Heinrich. Neues allgemeines Deutsches Adels-Lexicon 9 Volumes New General German Aristocracy Lexicon. Leipzig: Friedrich Voigt, 1859. Print.
    6. Bahlow, Hans (Edda Gentry trns). Dictionary of German Names . Madison, Wisconsin: Max Kade Institute, 2002. Print. (ISBN 0-924119-35-7).
    7. Schenk, Trudy. Wuerttemberg Emigration Index Volume I-VIII. Salt Lake City: Ancestry Inc., 1986. Print.
    8. Matthews, John. Matthews' American Armoury and Blue Book. London: John Matthews, 1911. Print.
    9. Crozier, William Armstrong Edition. Crozier's General Armory A Registry of American Families Entitled to Coat Armor. New York: Fox, Duffield, 1904. Print.
    10. Egle, William Henry. Pennsylvania Genealogies Scotch-Irish and German. Harrisburg: L.S. Hart, 1886. Print.
    11. ...

    The Otten Family Crest was acquired from the Houseofnames.com archives. The Otten 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 9 January 2017 at 09:15.

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