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The name Otter came to England with the ancestors of the Otter family in the Norman Conquest of 1066. It comes from the Scandinavian given name Ottur. When used as a surname Otter indicates that the father of the original bearer was named Ottur.

Otter Early Origins



The surname Otter 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.

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Otter Spelling Variations


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Otter Spelling Variations



Anglo-Norman names tend to be marked by an enormous number of spelling variations. This is largely due to the fact that Old and Middle English lacked any spelling rules when Norman French was introduced in the 11th century. The languages of the English courts at that time were French and Latin. These various languages mixed quite freely in the evolving social milieu. The final element of this mix is that medieval scribes spelled words according to their sounds rather than any definite rules, so a name was often spelled in as many different ways as the number of documents it appeared in. The name was spelled Other, Others, Otter, Otters, Ottyr, Otre, Otir, Oter, Oder, Othyr, FitzOther and many more.

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Otter Early History


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Otter Early History



This web page shows only a small excerpt of our Otter research. Another 257 words (18 lines of text) covering the years 1140, 1250, 1264, 1291, 1296, 1548, and 1837 are included under the topic Early Otter History in all our PDF Extended History products and printed products wherever possible.

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Otter Early Notables (pre 1700)


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Otter Early Notables (pre 1700)



More information is included under the topic Early Otter 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



Because of the political and religious discontent in England, families began to migrate abroad in enormous numbers. Faced with persecution and starvation at home, the open frontiers and generally less oppressive social environment of the New World seemed tantalizing indeed to many English people. The trip was difficult, and not all made it unscathed, but many of those who did get to Canada and the United States made important contributions to the young nations in which they settled. Some of the first North American settlers with Otter name or one of its variants:

Otter Settlers in United States in the 17th Century

  • Thomas Otter settled in Virginia in 1638
  • Thomasin Otter, who arrived in Maryland in 1668
  • John Otter, who arrived in Pennsylvania in 1682
  • John Otter and his wife settled in Delaware in 1682

Otter Settlers in United States in the 18th Century

  • Johan Henrich Otter, who came to Philadelphia in 1734
  • Joh Henrich Otter, who landed in Pennsylvania in 1734
  • Francis Otter landed in America in 1748

Otter Settlers in United States in the 19th Century

  • William Otter, who landed in Maryland in 1828
  • Lena Den Otter, who landed in Baltimore, Maryland in 1847
  • Aart Den Otter, who landed in Baltimore, Maryland in 1847
  • Dirk Den Otter, who arrived in Baltimore, Maryland in 1847
  • Stephan Otter settled in New York State in 1882

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Contemporary Notables of the name Otter (post 1700)


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Contemporary Notables of the name Otter (post 1700)



  • Francis Otter (1831-1895), English politician, Member of Parliament for Louth (1885-1886)
  • William Bručre Otter (1805-1876), Anglican cleric, Archdeacon of Lewes from 1855 until his death in 1876
  • William Otter (1768-1840), first Principal of King's College, London
  • General Sir William Dillon Otter KCB, CVO, VD (1843-1929), Canadian soldier who was the first Canadian-born Chief of the General Staff
  • Clement Leroy "Butch" Otter (b. 1942), American politician, 32nd Governor of Idaho since January 2007, Lieutenant Governor of Idaho from 1987 to 2001
  • Rt. Rev. Anthony Otter (1896-1986), Assistant Bishop Diocese of Lincoln, and author of "Beginning with Atoms"
  • Bethel V Otter (1914-1942), eponym of the USS Otter (DE-210)

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Otter Historic Events


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Otter Historic Events




RMS Titanic

  • Mr. Richard Otter (d. 1912), aged 39, American Second Class passenger from Middleburg Heights, Ohio who sailed aboard the RMS Titanic and died in the sinking

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Citations


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Citations



    Other References

    1. Browning, Charles H. Americans of Royal Descent. Baltimore: Genealogical Publishing. Print.
    2. Hinde, Thomas Ed. The Domesday Book England's Heritage Then and Now. Surrey: Colour Library Books, 1995. Print. (ISBN 1-85833-440-3).
    3. Leeson, Francis L. Dictionary of British Peerages. Baltimore: Genealogical Publishing, 1986. Print. (ISBN 0-8063-1121-5).
    4. Holt, J.C. Ed. Domesday Studies. Woodbridge: Boydell, 1987. Print. (ISBN 0-85115-477-8).
    5. Innes, Thomas and Learney. The Tartans of the Clans and Families of Scotland 1st Edition. Edinburgh: W & A. K. Johnston Limited, 1938. Print.
    6. Bullock, L.G. Historical Map of England and Wales. Edinburgh: Bartholomew and Son, 1971. Print.
    7. Skordas, Guest. Ed. The Early Settlers of Maryland an Index to Names or Immigrants Complied from Records of Land Patents 1633-1680 in the Hall of Records Annapolis, Maryland. Baltimore: Genealogical Publishing, 1968. Print.
    8. Mills, A.D. Dictionary of English Place-Names. Oxford: Oxford University Press, 1991. Print. (ISBN 0-19-869156-4).
    9. Markale, J. Celtic Civilization. London: Gordon & Cremonesi, 1976. Print.
    10. Crispin, M. Jackson and Leonce Mary. Falaise Roll Recording Prominent Companions of William Duke of Normandy at the Conquest of England. Baltimore: Genealogical Publishing. Print.
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    The Otter Family Crest was acquired from the Houseofnames.com archives. The Otter 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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