The German state of Prussia
, which reached the zenith of its power in the late 19th century, is the glorious birthplace of the distinguished surname Ottos. In the medieval era, after the fall of the Roman Empire
, the German lands were inhabited by a variety of Barbarian tribes. The borders of the Barbarian kingdoms changed frequently, but the region that became known in Prussia
was roughly divided between the areas of Brandenburg-Prussia
, West Prussia
, and East Prussia
. The colorful history of Brandenburg-Prussia, provides a glimpse at the oldest origins of the Ottos family.
Early Origins of the Ottos family
The surname Ottos was first found in Prussia
, where the name Otto was anciently associated with the tribal conflicts of the area. They declared allegiances to many nobles and princes of early history, lending their influence in struggles for power and status within the region. They branched into many houses, and their contributions were sought by many leaders in their search for power.
Early History of the Ottos family
This web page shows only a small excerpt of our Ottos research.Another 171 words (12 lines of text) covering the years 1806, 1083, 1076, 1550, 1618, 1586, 1603 and 1656 are included under the topic Early Ottos History in all our PDF Extended History products and printed products wherever possible.
Ottos Spelling Variations
of this family name include: Otto, Ottos, Ottoe, Oto, Otoe, Autto, Auto, Auttoe and many more.
Early Notables of the Ottos family (pre 1700)
Notable figures of the period with the name Ottos were Otto of Nordheim (d. 1083), the Duke of Bavaria
, who led the Saxon forces against king Henry IV following the excommunication of the German monarch (1076); Georg Otto (1550-1618), a German composer of sacred works, was Hofkapellmeister to... Another 48 words (3 lines of text) are included under the topic Early Ottos Notables in all our PDF Extended History products and printed products wherever possible.
Migration of the Ottos family to the New World and Oceana
Some of the first settlers of this family name or some of its variants were: Heinrich Otto, who arrived in Pennsylvania in 1739; Henri Otto, who came to South Carolina in 1782; Johannes Otto, who arrived in Pennsylvania in 1804.