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Gender: M Meaning of Otis: "wealthy" Origin of Otis: German Otis's Popularity in 2015: #848

Otis has a double image: it's cool and bluesy a la Otis Redding, but also an upscale, high-society name of the past. Otis has real appeal for parents attracted to its catchy O initial and combination of strength and spunk.

Otis originally came into use as a tribute to the Revolutionary hero James Otis, and would be familiar to kids via the Disney film The Adventures of Milo and Otis.

Though well used at the turn of the last century, Otis was off the charts for two decades from 1995 to 2014, and now sounds like a fresh choice—it ranks at Number 104 on Nameberry. Tobey Maguire used the name back in 2009. More recently, and possibly contributing to Otis's return to the Top 1000 in 2015, Olivia Wilde and Jason Sudeikis gave the name to their son.

Famous People Named Otis

Otis Ray Redding, American soul singer
Otis Williams, singer of American group The Temptations
Otis Rush, American blues guitarist
Otis Spann, American blues pianist
Otis Crandall Davis, American Olympic sprinter
Otis Theodore Wingo, U.S. Congressman from Arkansas
Otis Junior Nixon, American baseball player
Otis Sterling, American model
Otis Ray Wilson, American football player
Otis Ray Bowen, American politician, 44th governor of Indiana
Otis Elmer Monroe, grandfather of actress Marilyn Monroe
Clark Otis Marsden, son of actor Jason Marsden
Otis Tobias Maguire, son of American actor Tobey Maguire
Otis Akio Shinoda, son of musician Mike Shinoda of Linkin Park
Otis Alexander Sudeikis, (b. 2014) son of actors Olivia Wilde and Jason Sudeikis
Otis Sonny David Macdonald, son of Leah Wood & Jack Macdonald
Otis Frey, son of Eagles musician Glenn Frey
Otis Rainey (b. 2006), son of model/heiress Jasmine Guinness and Gawain Rainey

Pop Culture References for the name Otis

"The Adventures of Milo and Otis," movie about a talking cat, Milo, and dog, Otis
Otis, male cow in animated movie "Barnyard" and TV series "Back at the Barnyard"
Otis "Bad" Blake, character in movie "Crazy Heart"
Otis, character on TV's "The Walking Dead"
Otis Hefter, character in movie "Deep Impact"
Otis Campbell, town drunk on TV's "The Andy Griffith Show"
"Otis," song by Kanye West and Jay-Z
Otis elevator company