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Gender: Female Meaning of Ottoline: "prospers in battle" Origin of Ottoline: French and English, diminutive of Ottolie

The name Ottoline is a girl's name of French origin meaning "prospers in battle". Ottoline and is often added to lists like Unique Girl Names: Unusual and Rare and discussed in our forums with posts like "Which would you choose?".

From the experts:

Curiously appealing, in a hoop-skirted, wasp-waisted way, Ottoline has recently entered the realm of modern possibility, especially since Sienna Miller chose it as the middle name of her daughter Marlowe.

Lady Ottoline Morrell was an influential British aristocrat who was a force in the artistic and literary community of her day, patron of such figures as T. S. Eliot and Aldous Huxley.

The Franco-German Ottolie is an equally intriguing option.

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Famous People Named Ottoline

Ottoline Violet Anne Morrell, English aristocrat and society hostess
(Henrietta Miriam) Ottoline Leyser, English biologist
Marlowe Ottoline Layng (b. 2012), daughter of actress Sienna Miller

Pop Culture References for the name Ottoline

Ottoline Brown, main character in the children's book series by Chris Riddell


AllysonKristina Says:


I love this for a middle name.

Zell Says:


Pretty name to look at, if pronounced "Otto-line" (like Caroline) though it sounds unfortunately like the phrase "out of line" to me.

PrudenceA Says:


It's definitely pronounced Otto-line, not Otto-leen.

headintheclouds Says:


I'm not a big fan of Otto or Ottilie as names, and similarly I don't really love Ottoline. I find these names overly quirky/cutesy, not very usable IRL outside of online Nameberry/blogger circles. But out of the three names, I definitely like Ottoline best. The -ine ending grounds the name and makes it more substantial than Ottilie, and makes it seem more complete than the abrupt Otto which is more of a nickname or children's book otter character in my mind. Not keen on Ottoline (or the other two), but that may change if I meet a real-life person who wears their name well? It's happened to me before.

lu_brasil Says:


Hum... Tottie, Lyn, Linnie, Toly, Ollie, Lin-Lin?

blueylit Says:


Any thoughts on nns beyond ottie? So far all I can think is tilly, lina or dot and I'm not massively fond of any of them...

VelvetEar Says:


Is it Ott-ah-leen or Ott-ah-line (like Caroline)?

Theodora_Phoenix Says:


I say it as OTT-ah-leen. But I don't know if that's it.

Audrey328 Says:


I'm having a hard time finding the pronunciation for this name. How would you all pronounce Ottoline?

Audrey328 Says:


I love the meaning of this name! I would consider this for a middle name.

ElsaAnne Says:


Thanks Essa! I agree that Tilly works best with Ottiline.

indiefendi2 Says:


I really need some convincing on this one. I wholeheartedly love Otto but if I have a girl I want to work it in there yet Ottoline is so clunky but not in a cute way. I'd probably use Otto for a girl if I had to.

Essa Says:


Perfect nickname that I hadn't considered. I like Tilly but it works better with the alternative spelling of Ottiline.

ElsaAnne Says:


Any thoughts on using the nickname 'Dot' for this lovely name?

bluedahlia Says:


Gorgeous name, I would use it in the middle spot.

Candler Says:


Sounds very pretty, but I would never use it,