Variation of Otto, German

Otis Origin and Meaning

The name Otis is boy's name of German origin meaning "wealthy".
Otis has real appeal for parents attracted to its catchy O initial and combination of strength and spunk. The appealing hero of the British TV show Sex Education has done much to propel Otis into the forefront of cool names.

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.
# 613 in the US

Otis Rank in US Top 1000

Otis Popularity

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Famous People Named Otis

  • Otis Ray ReddingAmerican soul singer
  • Otis Williamssinger of American group The Temptations
  • Otis RushAmerican blues guitarist
  • Otis SpannAmerican blues pianist
  • Otis Crandall DavisAmerican Olympic sprinter
  • Otis Theodore WingoU.S. Congressman from Arkansas
  • Otis Junior NixonAmerican baseball player
  • Otis SterlingAmerican model
  • Otis Ray WilsonAmerican football player
  • Otis Ray BowenAmerican politician, 44th governor of Indiana
  • Otis Elmer Monroegrandfather of actress Marilyn Monroe
  • Otis Freyson of musician Glenn Frey of the Eagles
  • Otis Ferry (b. 1982)son of singer Bryan Ferry and model Lucy Helmore
  • Otis ChevallierHagen (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

Otis in Pop Culture

  • Otistalking 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" Blakecharacter in movie "Crazy Heart"
  • Otischaracter on TV's "The Walking Dead"
  • Otis Heftercharacter in movie "Deep Impact"
  • Otis Campbelltown drunk on TV's "The Andy Griffith Show"
  • Brian "Otis" Zvonecekcharacter on TV's "Chicago Fire"
  • Otis Day and the Knightsfictional band in movie "National Lampoon's Animal House"
  • "Otis" song by Kanye West and Jay,Z
  • Otis elevator company
  • Otisone of Thor's goats from "Magnus Chase and The Gods of Asgard series"
  • Otis Milburnmain character on Netflix's "Sex Education"