Meaning and Origin of the Name Otis

The male name Otis is said to be of German, Greek, or English origin.

The meaning of Otis in German and English is prosperity, fortune, rich, or wealthy; son of Otto. In Greek it means keen of hearing. Otis is a popular first name but an uncommon surname for most people.

In the past it was considered to be a high society name and often related to a person of Christian faith. Presently, the name seems to grow on people and people view it to be a positive old fashion name.

The nickname of Otis is oat and goes well with Fredrick.


Variations of the name are Odis, Otess, Ottis, Otys, and Oates.

Famous People or Things Called Otis

Otis was the name of the dog in the Disney film The Adventures of Milo and Otis. Celebrities that share this name are Otis Williams of the Temptations, Otis Deley of The Gadget Show, Otis Redding the singer, and Otis Crandall Davis an Olympic sprinter.

Popularity of the Name

The name is currently not in the top 100 most popular baby names in England (2014). The name Otis was very popular near the turn of the 20th century. The popularity of Otis has become dwindled but is still a strong name.

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