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Otis is a powerful name for boys that is direct and commanding. It was originally a surname in England, becoming a given name shortly after the Revolutionary War. As of 2021, Otis remains a top 700 option for boys.

Meaning of the name Otis:

German: wealth, fortune
English: wealth, fortune

Origin of the name Otis:

Otis was first a surname in England. It came from the Medieval given name Ode, a nickname for Otto. Otto was the German form of Odo, the shortened form of any option that used the “aud” element. The surname spread to America, becoming popular as a given name because of revolutionary James Otis.

Symbolism of the name Otis:

The baby name Otis translates to “wealth” or “fortune.” It dates back to the historically Germanic Otto, a form of Odo. Odo comes from the Germanic element “aud,” which directly translates to “wealth” or “fortune.”

Style of the name Otis:

Traditional

Gender of the name Otis:

Otis is a strong name for boys.

Pronunciation of the name Otis:

O-tis

Number of syllables in the name Otis:

Two

Emotion evoked from the name Otis:

Otis is a strong and formal name. It is mature and simple.

Alternative spellings for the name Otis:

  • Otus
  • Ottus
  • Ottis 
  • Otys
  • Ottys

Nicknames for the name Otis:

  • Tis
  • Ott
  • Ottie
  • Otty

Popularity of the name Otis:

Otis was a top 200 name in America until 1944. It was on the top 300 list for two years, 1942 and 1943. Otis was most popular in 1905 and 1909 at rank 99. As of 2020, Otis remains a top 1,000 option for boys. It is a top 700 baby name at rank 649.

Related names for the name Otis:

Great middle names for Otis and their meanings:

Famous people with the name Otis:

  • Otis Redding (soul singer)
  • Otis Williams (singer from The Temptations)
  • Otis Rush (blues guitarist)
  • Otis Spann (blues pianist)
  • Otis Davis (Olympic sprinter)
  • Otis Wingo (congressman from Arkansas)
  • Otis Nixon (baseball player)
  • Otis Sterling (model)

Otis's in popular culture:

  • Otis (character from “The Adventures of Milo and Otis”)
  • Otis (character from “Barnyard”)
  • Otis Blake (character from “Crazy Heart”)
  • Otis Hefter (character from “Deep Impact”)
  • Otis (character from “The Walking Dead”)
  • Otis Campbell (character from “The Andy Griffith Show”)