Gender: Female Pronunciation: ott-till-ee Meaning of Ottilie: "prosperous in battle" Origin of Ottilie: Feminine variation of German OTTO,

Ottilie Origin and Meaning

The name Ottilie is a girl's name of French origin meaning "prosperous in battle".

Ottilie and its diminutive Ottiline are a pair of names heard among the British upper crust, but have rarely been seen here since the 1880's. Though it has German roots via Otto, Ottilie has a distinctively delicate French feel.

Ottilie does have a few cultural references: She is a key character in Goethe's Elective Affinities, Robert Louis Stevenson wrote a poem called To Ottilie, Franz Kafka had a sister named Ottilie, and it is the name of the protagonist in the John Wyndom sci-fi story Random Quest.

Probably the best known Ottilie is the German journalist, abolitionist and feminist Ottilie Assing, who had a long involvement with fellow abolitionist Frederic Douglass.

Some attractive Ottilie relatives: Ottoline, Ottilia and Odile. And Ottilie has the adorable nicknames of Lottie and Tillie.

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Ottilie's International Variations

Otilie (Czech) Otylia (Polish) Ottorina (Portuguese)


tilliemab Says:


I'm Romanian and my name is Otilia, pronounced kinda like Ophelia but with a T. I used to hate it because I thought it sounded like an old lady's name, but lately it's been growing on me (and now I actually love the vintage-y feel).

Renee5322 Says:


Okay, I absolutely adore this name. It's much better than Kinsley, Tinley, Paislee, and all those other cutesy-poo names gaining popularity. I'm shocked this isn't in the top 1000 yet, but I'm sure it will be in the next couple years.

snowsbeloved Says:


Otilia or Odette are options too. Same root, from Otto, but different images. Otilia is so romantic and feminine, in the Ophelia vein. Odette is more dainty and ballerina-like.

snowsbeloved Says:


My grandma was born in Northern Mexico. Her name was Otilia (pronounced O-teel-yuh). But she went by Tila and sometimes Tillie/Tilly.

autumnreverie Says:


What happened?

Starelli Says:


I see Attila when I read this name. Like the Hun.

Mhill46 Says:


The more I say this name, the more I fall in love with it. I can just imagine a little "Tilly" running around my house.

roseofjune Says:


Space Ottilie by David Bowie

Fluffykitten101 Says:


A new name crush! One of the few names that actually sounds better with my accent ...

abertawe Says:


OTT uses a short ah sound, at least the way I say 'ah'. Rhyming with the 'a' sound in almond

lizway Says:


I don't like this... Not my style, sadly, because the meaning is so cool.

ChantilleElla Says:


I agree completely. I can't think of anyone except her when I hear Ottilie.

TulliaCicero Says:


Pronunciation differs depending on what country/region one is from, I guess...I pronounce this name "Aht-ihl-ee." The O is a short O (I think)...does anyone pronounce this "Oht-ihl-ee"?

Impwood Says:


I really love this name, but it's so stylish here.
Anyway, if I did ever use it, I would use the nn Tilie or Otter.

Impwood Says:


But there's no ah sound. It's "OTT-il-ee".

CarolAnn Says:


In central Europe, where we currently live, it's Otylie and pronounced Oh-teel-yuh (like Ophelia, but with a T). I love the name with that pronunciation!

Zelliew Says:



headintheclouds Says:


Ottilie is one of the Nameberry obsessions I've never gotten on board with. It sounds like "Oh, Tilly!" to my ears, and reminds me of the word cotillion, probably because I imagine an Ottilie to be a snobbish type of finishing-school-attending rich spoilt princess. Better to just stick to the male version Otto.

Sorceress Says:


Love Ottilie, but love Lottie more!

Sorceress Says:


I loved Ottilie and her style inspired me. I started to like this name because of her... I still hope she wasn't troll.

steampunkleo Says:


Australians tend to do this as well.

raevynstar Says:


The former member of this site who was very controversial. Her username was I can't like this name.

Catastroffy Says:


This has a funny sound, but it is still intriguing to me. Ottilie. Huhm.

bluedahlia Says:


Gorgeous name that is becoming quite hip in the UK

faithnamer Says:


You must sound very English when you talk then, Theodora! ;)

ottertails Says:


Love the name, especially with the Ott-ih-lee pronunciation.

SparkleNinja18 Says:


Lol I don't. I still love this name. Great way to get to the nickname Tillie which I've been loving recently.

Theodora_Phoenix Says:


I'm American, and I always take care to pronounce my Ts distinctly from my Ds.

helenlouise Says:


that must be an american pronunciation then, with the Ts pronouced Ds? Because other than that I can't hear oddly. Its similar to how we have "nursery" here rather than "kindergarten", so hearing the latter pronounced in films means that EVERYONE here will pronounce it kindergarden.

faithnamer Says:


Does anyone else hear the word "oddly" when they say this? I really want to like this name because it looks adorable, but that always trips me up..

The_Supernatural_Hufflepuff Says:


Thank you :)

Theodora_Phoenix Says:


OTT-ih-lee. Short O, as in Otter

The_Supernatural_Hufflepuff Says:


How is this name pronounced?

ldougie Says:


I don't like the ah sound in a girl's name! That's just me though