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Gender: Male Meaning of Otis: "wealthy" Origin of Otis: German Otis's Popularity in 2017: #746

The name Otis is a boy's name of German origin meaning "wealthy". Otis is ranked #746 on our popularity charts and is often added to lists like Old Man Names and discussed in our forums with posts like "Rate the Previous Signature!".

From the experts:

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. 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.

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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
Otis Frey, son of musician Glenn Frey of the Eagles
Otis Ferry (b. 1982), son of singer Bryan Ferry and model Lucy Helmore
Otis Chevallier-Hagen (b. 1990), son of singer Nina Hagen
Otis Rainey (b. 2006), son of model/heiress Jasmine Guinness and Gawain Rainey
Otis James Roger Connerty (b. 2008), son of actress Kate Ford and Jon Connerty
Otis Akio Shinoda (b. 2009), son of musician Mike Shinoda of Linkin Park
Otis Tobias Maguire (b. 2009), son of actor Tobey Maguire and jewelry designer Jennifer Meyer
Otis Kasdan (b. 2010), son of singer Inara George and producer Jake Kasdan
Otis Shard (b. 2011), daughter of Hon. Emily Lascelles Shard and Matthew Shard, member of the British royal family
Otis Giansiracusa (b. 2011), son of AFL player Daniel Giansiracusa
Otis Sonny David Macdonald (b. 2013), son of singer Leah Wood & Jack Macdonald
Otis Alexander Sudeikis, (b. 2014) son of actors Olivia Wilde and Jason Sudeikis
Otis McMullen (b. 2014), son of actor Nathan McMullen
Clark Otis Marsden (b. 2010), son of actor Jason Marsden

Pop Culture References for the name Otis

Otis, talking pug in film "The Adventures of Milo and 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"
Brian "Otis" Zvonecek, character on TV's "Chicago Fire"
Otis Day and the Knights, fictional band in movie "National Lampoon's Animal House"
"Otis," song by Kanye West and Jay-Z
Otis elevator company
Otis, one of Thor's goats from "Magnus Chase and The Gods of Asgard series"


oliviamcdonald Says:


I think this is a cool name but it’s the epitome of a hipster name. I imagine a guy who’s chilled out and creative, a musician/barista. Or like a rugged lumberjack type guy. I don’t mind the Milo & Otis association, it hasn’t stopped the name Milo being used

FionaW Says:


Not a huge fan. It kinda sounds like O dis like whose this. It could just b me. And then there is the dog thing as welllll.

indiefendi2 Says:


Olivia Wilde went old school and musical with Otis Alexander, I can't WAIT to hear what her daughter is gonna be named.

headintheclouds Says:


With regards to the name Otis, I think of a drunkard Southern hillbilly (sorry if that's harsh) or an Otis the Otter type of alliterative animal character in a children's book. Oscar would be a better not-Oliver-or-Owen popular O- name pick.

snowsbeloved Says:


I think of pugs and elevators

EW314 Says:


I like it, but I have to say I prefer Otto, which comes from the same Germanic root.

lesliemarion Says:


I prefer most dogs to most people so the Milo and Otis association doesn't bother me and I have a soft spot for Otis on Andy Griffith too.

Zoey_Artemisia Says:


Otis is also a giant in greek mythology that, with his brother, piled mountains to try and reach Mt Olympus and marry Artemis and Hera. (Also spelt Otus).

clairels Says:


This is either a talking dog, or a toothless Southern wino drinking out of a paper bag. Take your pick.

chi1127 Says:


Yep. Milo and Otis. All I can picture is a pug. And if I can shove aside the dog image in my head, all I can think of is the drunk on Andy Griffith.

MaryKathryn Says:


I hate to say this but, when I hear Otis I immediately think of a dog :(