Meaning and Origin of: Ott

Family name origins & meanings

  • English and German : from a Middle English personal name,Ode, in which personal names of several different origins have coalesced: principally Old English Od(d)a, Old NorseOd(d)a and Continental Germanic Odo, Otto. The first two are short forms of names with the first element Old Englishord, Old Norse odd ‘point of a weapon’. The Continental Germanic names are from a short form of compound names with the first element od- ‘possessions’, ‘riches’. The situation is further confused by the fact that all of these names were Latinized asOdo. Odo was the name of the half-brother of the Conqueror, archbishop of Bayeux, who accompanied the Norman expedition to England and was rewarded with 439 confiscated manors. The German name Odo or Otto was a hereditary name in the Saxon ruling house, as well as being borne by Otto von Wittelsbach, who founded the Bavarian ruling dynasty in the 11th century, and the 12th-century Otto of Bamberg, apostle of Pomerania.