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Otis

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since 1880
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Meaning and Origin

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Origin and Meaning of Otis

"Otis" is a name of English origin, and it means "Wealth". It's a name commonly given to boys.

Webster's Unabridged Dictionary
noun ‖O"tis
A genus of birds including certain of the bustards.

Etymology: L., a kind of bustard, Gr. �

Other Dictionary Sources
  1. Type genus of the Otididae: European bustard
  2. United States inventor who manufactured the first elevator with a safety device (1811-1861)
Wiktionary

A patronymic surname derived from Middle English genitive case of the Germanic given name Ote, Ode, cognate to modern Otto.

  1. A surname​, notably of the American revolutionary hero James Otis and the innovator and industrialist Elisha Otis.
  2. (chiefly US) A male given name, transferred from the surname.

Otis was also found in the following language(s): Translingual

Notable Persons Named Otis

Otis Redding was a soul music, rhythm, and blues musician. He holds the title These Arms of Mine" and Try a Little Tenderness". He was most prominent from 1958 to 1967. Otis was given the name Otis Ray Redding, Jr. on September 9th, 1941 in Dawson, Georgia, U.S. Otis is also known as The Big O, The Mad Man from Macon, Rockhouse Redding, The King of Soul, and King of Southern Soul. He left this life on December 10th, 1967.

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Madlib is a hip hop, jazz rap, hip hop production, soul, funk, jazz, and electronic music musician, record producer, rapper, dj, rapping, and disc jockey. He plays Phonograph, Keyboard instrument, Drum kit, Sampler (musical instrument), Bass guitar, Vibraphone, Percussion instrument, Guitar, and Vocals. His ongoing career started in 1993. Madlib was given the name Otis Jackson, Jr. on October 24th, 1973. Madlib is also known as Quasimoto, Yesterdays New Quintet, DJ Rels, and Beat Konducta.

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Otis Williams is a rhythm, blues, pop music, soul music, and disco singing, songwriter, and record producer. He plays Vocals. He has been prominent since 1958. Otis was given the name Otis Miles, Jr. on October 30th, 1941 in Texarkana, Texas, U.S.

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Sonny Shroyer is an actor and singer. He was most active from 1972 to 1972. Sonny was given the name Otis Burt Shroyer, Jr. on August 28th, 1935 in Valdosta, Georgia, U.S.

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Otis Rush is a blues, chicago blues, and rhythm musician. He plays Gibson ES-335, Fender Stratocaster, and Fender Jaguar. His most notable accomplishments were from 1956 to 2004. Otis was born Otis Rush on April 29th, 1935 in Philadelphia, Mississippi, United States.

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OJ da Juiceman is a hip hop music rapper, songwriter, actor, and rapping. He has had major accomplishments since 2003. OJ was given the name Otis Williams, Jr. on November 23rd, 1981 in Atlanta, Georgia, United States.

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Notable Persons With the Last Name Otis

Carré Otis is an actress and model. Carré was born on September 28th, 1968 in San Francisco, California, U.S.

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Mercy Otis Warren was a writer. Mercy was given the name Mercy Otis in Barnstable, Massachusetts. She left this life on October 19th, 1814.

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Elisha Graves Otis was an engineer. Elisha was born on August 3rd, 1811 in Halifax, Vermont, United States. He passed away on April 8th, 1861.

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Shuggie Otis is a r&b, blues, gospel, jazz, soul, rock and roll, funk, rhythm, gospel music, rock, and roll musician. He was most active from 1960 to present. Shuggie was given the name Johnny Alexander Veliotes, Jr. on November 30th, 1953.

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Johnny Otis was a musician. His most notable accomplishments were from 1940 to 2000. Johnny was given the name Ioannis Alexandres Veliotes on December 28th, 1921 in Vallejo, California, U.S. He passed away on January 17th, 2012.

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Jr. James Otis was a lawyer, political activist, pamphleteer, and legislator. Jr. was born as the child of James Otis and Sr. on February 5th, 1725 in Barnstable, Massachusetts. They left this life on May 23rd, 1783.

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How popular is the baby name Otis in the U.S.?

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Year Total Babies Born Girls Born Boys Born Ranking
1880 88 0 88
1881 89 0 89
1882 116 0 116
1883 89 0 89
1884 107 0 107
1885 89 0 89
1886 99 0 99
1887 97 0 97
1888 116 0 116
1889 121 5 116
1890 119 0 119
1891 97 0 97
1892 133 7 126
1893 124 0 124
1894 129 0 129
1895 133 0 133
1896 124 0 124
1897 142 9 133
1898 187 8 179
1899 192 7 185 #94 boy name
1900 227 15 212
1901 127 0 127
1902 179 10 169
1903 173 5 168
1904 187 6 181
1905 221 5 216 #99 boy name
1906 191 7 184
1907 206 7 199
1908 251 8 243
1909 276 9 267 #100 boy name
1910 304 19 285
1911 311 9 302
1912 535 13 522
1913 571 14 557
1914 722 13 709
1915 917 16 901
1916 930 22 908
1917 926 14 912
1918 945 9 936
1919 950 19 931
1920 1,056 25 1,031
1921 1,028 27 1,001
1922 1,007 19 988
1923 917 13 904
1924 1,029 18 1,011
1925 974 14 960
1926 892 16 876
1927 933 32 901
1928 903 18 885
1929 813 17 796
1930 844 15 829
1931 745 15 730
1932 827 14 813
1933 768 14 754
1934 784 15 769
1935 741 13 728
1936 711 11 700
1937 696 15 681
1938 728 9 719
1939 738 9 729
1940 668 6 662
1941 744 9 735
1942 748 10 738
1943 755 13 742
1944 767 9 758
1945 719 11 708
1946 796 14 782
1947 884 16 868
1948 857 11 846
1949 827 12 815
1950 842 11 831
1951 822 0 822
1952 758 9 749
1953 770 6 764
1954 758 6 752
1955 733 12 721
1956 716 13 703
1957 669 6 663
1958 668 5 663
1959 624 6 618
1960 565 10 555
1961 557 14 543
1962 485 9 476
1963 519 7 512
1964 544 13 531
1965 472 0 472
1966 427 6 421
1967 421 7 414
1968 508 9 499
1969 538 6 532
1970 505 9 496
1971 423 7 416
1972 385 6 379
1973 380 9 371
1974 309 0 309
1975 330 0 330
1976 327 5 322
1977 301 0 301
1978 297 0 297
1979 329 0 329
1980 296 0 296
1981 269 0 269
1982 254 0 254
1983 205 0 205
1984 218 0 218
1985 203 0 203
1986 213 0 213
1987 194 0 194
1988 192 0 192
1989 192 0 192
1990 213 0 213
1991 184 0 184
1992 155 0 155
1993 149 0 149
1994 138 0 138
1995 114 0 114
1996 115 0 115
1997 111 0 111
1998 104 0 104
1999 84 0 84
2000 97 0 97
2001 115 0 115
2002 82 0 82
2003 78 0 78
2004 80 0 80
2005 104 0 104
2006 107 0 107
2007 111 0 111
2008 120 0 120
2009 131 0 131
2010 122 0 122
2011 143 0 143
2012 180 0 180
2013 177 0 177
2014 203 0 203
2015 266 0 266
2016 321 0 321

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Popularity of Otis as a first name

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Popularity of Otis as a last name

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Common last names for Otis

  • Smith
  • Johnson
  • Williams
  • Jones
  • Brown
  • Jackson
  • Davis
  • Wilson
  • Harris
  • Miller
  • White
  • Taylor
  • Martin
  • Thompson
  • Allen
  • Anderson
  • Clark

Ethnicity Distribution

Ethnicity Otis U.S.
  White 74.47% 64.26%
  African American 19.22% 11.96%
  Asian, Hawaiian, and Pacific Islander 0.83% 4.85%
  American Indian and Alaska Native 0.64% 0.69%
  Two or More Ethnicities 2.01% 1.76%
  Hispanic or Latino 2.82% 16.26%

Of Last Name Otis

People with the last name Otis are most frequently White or African American

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Fun Facts about the name Otis

  • How Popular is the name Otis? Otis is the 893rd most popular name of all time. As a last name Otis was the 4,699th most popular name in 2010.
  • How many people with the first name Otis have been born in the United States? From 1880 to 2016, the Social Security Administration has recorded 58,461 babies born with the first name Otis in the United States. That's more than enough people named Otis to occupy the territory of Greenland (Denmark) with an estimated population of 56,749 (as of January 1, 2012).
  • What year were 5 or more babies first named Otis? The name was first given to 5 or more babies in the year 1880 when it was given as a first name to 88 new born babies.
  • When was Otis first recorded in the United States? The oldest recorded birth by the Social Security Administration for the first name Otis is Wednesday, October 18th, 1809.
  • What year had the most people named Otis born? The highest recorded use of the first name Otis was in 1920 with a total of 1,031 babies. That's a lot of babies named Otis!
  • Random Otis Factoid: According to the 1914 U.S. Social Security Administration data, the first name Otis ranks 93rd in popularity as a baby boy's name in Virginia. Imagine that, 28 babies in Virginia have the same name as you in 1914.
  • Weird things about the name Otis: Your name in reverse order is Sito. A random rearrangement of the letters in your name (anagram) will give Oits. How do you pronounce that?
  • How many people have the last name Otis? In 2010, the U.S. Census Bureau surveyed 7,549 people with the last name Otis.
  • How likely are you to meet someone with the last name of Otis? If you manage to meet 100,000 people in your life, chances are that 3 of them will have Otis as their last name.

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  • Sources:
  • U.S. Census Bureau: Frequently Occurring Surnames from the Census 2000 (public domain).
  • U.S. Social Security Administration: Popular Baby Names, Death Master File (public domain).
  • 1913 Webster's Revised Unabridged Dictionary via the Collaborative International Dictionary of English (License)
  • Other Dictionary Sources: WordNet 3.1 Copyright 2006 by Princeton University (License).
  • Wiktionary: Titles and License.
  • Notable persons via Wikipedia: Titles and License. Click each image for the attribution information.