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Quick Facts on Otis

  • Gender:
  • Boy
  • Origin:
  • African-American, English, German
  • Number of syllables:
  • 2
  • Ranking popularity:
  • N/A
Simple meaning:
Wealth, fortune

Characteristics of Otis

  • Multi-talented
  • Intuitive
  • Oneness
  • Idealistic
  • Philanthropy
  • Independent
  • Perfection

Etymology & Historical Origin - Otis

Otis is actually the transferred use of a patronymic English surname (i.e., passed down from the father’s given name). In this case, Otis is derived from the personal names Ote or Ode which were medieval English equivalents for the German name Otto (formally known as Audo or Odo). These names all ultimately originate from the Germanic element “od” meaning “wealth, fortune”. By the 19th century Americans were using the name Otis in honor of James Otis (1725-1793), a leading Patriot whose fiery arguments and orations against the English Parliament contributed to the build-up to the Revolutionary War (he is credited with the catch-phrase: “taxation without representation is tyranny”). James Otis was also noted for his progressive position on racial equality and believed that fundamental freedoms concerning life, liberty and property ought to be extended to African-Americans. Perhaps it is also in his honor that African-Americans bestow the name Otis on their sons as well. However, the name is also famously borne by black R&B singer Otis Redding (1941-1967) remembered for his song “(Sittin’ on) the Dock of the Bay” (and for his tragic death in an airplane crash at the age of 26).

Popularity of the Name Otis

Otis was most popular for boys way back at the turn of the 20th century. In the year 1899 Otis was the 94th most preferred boy’s name in the country (which is the highest position he ever achieved on the American charts). In the first couple of decades of last century, Otis hovered between #100 and #150 on the charts making him a modest favorite about 100 years ago. As the decades progressed into the 20th century, Otis left his glory days behind him as the name’s popularity slipped. What was once a familiar and commonly used name was now going out of style as we headed toward a new century. In fact, 1994 marks the last year Otis appeared on the American boy’s naming charts. The name is now so underused it doesn’t even make the Top 1000! This is great news for parents looking for an original yet quaintly old-fashioned masculine name. Not many boys are named Otis these days (we hear a lot of people say it’s too close in sound to words like “odor” or “odious”). In our opinion, though, Otis has more than a few things going for it. It’s a name that seriously grows on you, it’s upbeat and friendly, it’s musically inspired, it’s charming and old-fashioned, it’s confidently simple and it has a positively “prosperous” meaning. We applaud the few brave parents who are rediscovering this name, dusting off the cobwebs and hoping to bring it back into circulation.
Popularity of the Boy Name Otis
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Cultural References to the Baby Name - Otis

  • Literary Characters of the baby name Otis

    Literary Characters of the Baby Name Otis

    Otis We cannot find any significant literary characters with the first name Otis.

  • Popular Songs on Otis

    Popular Songs on Otis

    Miss Otis Regrets - a song recorded by various artists (Bette Midler, Bryan Ferry, Linda Ronstadt, Rosemary Clooney)

    Muddy, Sam and Otis - a song by Rod Stewart

    Otis - a song by A Small Victory

    Otis - a song by Millencolin

    Otis and Marlena - a song by Joni Mitchell

    Otis Redding - a song by Everclear

    Otis Redding - a song by Sara Evans

    Tributary Otis - a song by The Refreshments

  • Children's Books on the Baby Name Otis

    Children's Books on the Baby Name Otis

    Dog Gone: Starring Otis (Amanda Harvey) - This place didn’t feel much like home. When Otis spends a few nights away from his familiar bed—and away from Lucy, the human companion he loves—he isn’t at all happy about it. The other dogs at the dog hotel may be friendly, but not knowing when Lucy will return, Otis decides to take matters into his own paws…Recommended for ages 3-7.

    Going Up!: Elisha Otis's Trip to the Top (Monica Kulling) - This is the fourth book in Tundra's Great Idea Series of biographies for young readers. The story behind the invention of the elevator is one that all young children can relate to! A short, fully illustrated biography in the award-winning "Great Idea Series", about the man who invented the elevator - Elijah Otis. The man who enabled the hi-rise, and other feats of modern architecture. Recommended for ages 5-8.

    Kitty Corner: Otis (Ellen Miles) - From the bestselling author of The Puppy Place. Someone has left Otis, an adorable tabby, all alone at the local community center. When Michael and Mia hear about the abandoned kitty, they volunteer to help. Otis is wary of strangers and scared of loud noises. His sad yowls keep the family up all night! Michael knows not just any owner will love this tentative tabby. Can he find Otis a forever home? Recommended for ages 7-10.

    Oh No, Otis! (Julie E. Frankel) - A two-year-old boy gets into and opens everything except the birthday present that his parents want him to open. For ages 2-5.

    Oscar & Otis: Fat Fighters (Alicia Kirschenheiter) - Oscar and Otis - Fat Fighters is the story of two friends learning about health & fitness to help one of their fathers fight the fat! The story is both laughable and learnable. Children can identify with the characters and enjoy the lesson of making better choices everyday to help out ones we love and ourselves. Recommended for ages 6-11.

    Otis & Sydney and the Best Birthday Ever (Laura Numeroff) - Otis and Sydney are the best of friends. This year, Otis wants to do something special for Sydney’s birthday. So he decides to throw a surprise party and invite all their friends. He mails the invitations, decorates the house, and bakes a cake, but when things don’t go as planned, how will Otis make sure that Sydney has the best birthday ever? Written by a New York Times bestselling children's book author, Otis & Sydney and the Best Birthday Ever is a sweet and tender tale that introduces young readers to two lovable bears who understand that friendship is the only thing needed to make any day special. Recommended for ages 3-7.

    Otis (Janie Bynum) - What kind of pig doesn't like mud? This one! Otis is a little porker with a BIG problem. He's the only pig in the world who hates getting dirty. Will Otis ever find a friend? Recommended for ages 3-7.

    Otis (Loren Long) - New York Times bestselling author/artist Loren Long creates an unforgettable children's classic. Otis is a special tractor. He loves his farmer and he loves to work. And he loves the little calf in the next stall, whom he purrs to sleep with his soft motor. In fact, the two become great friends: they play in the fields, leap hay bales, and play ring-around-the-rosy by Mud Pond. But when Otis is replaced with the big yellow tractor, he is cast away behind the barn, unused, unnoticed…until the little calf gets stuck in Mud Pond. Then there is only one tractor—and it’s not big or yellow—who can come to the rescue. It is little old Otis who saves his friend. It is Otis who saves the day. In a wonderful new palette, and in the tradition of classics like Mike Mulligan and His Steam Shovel and The Story of Ferdinand, Loren Long has crafted an unforgettable new story—and character—celebrating the power of friendship and perseverance. Recommended for ages 3-7.

    Otis and Baby Jean (Jo Whipp) - Baby Jean's brother, Otis, has the most beautiful horse statue collection ever. Now Uncle Harker has given him a dark brown Morgan horse and it's made of porcelain. Why won't he share? Baby Jean decides it couldn't hurt to just peek. She opens his bedroom door; the sun shines through the bedroom window. Photographs and drawings of horses cover the walls. Six beautifully painted plastic horses surround the tall porcelain stallion. She could just borrow it for a little while. No one will ever find out...or will they? When her plans go awry, Baby Jean learns an important life lesson; that one lie inevitably leads to more and at the same time hurts the people you love. Recommended for ages 4-8.

    Otis and the Puppy (Loren Long) - Otis and his farm friends love to play hide-and-seek. Otis especially loves to be "It," finding his friends as they hide. Yet when the newest addition to the farm—a bounding puppy who can't sit still and has a habit of licking faces—tries to hide, he finds his attention wandering and is soon lost in the forest. Night falls and Otis, knowing his new friend is afraid of the dark, sets out to find him. There's just one problem: Otis is also afraid of the dark. His friend is alone and in need, though, so Otis takes a deep breath, counts to ten, and sets off on a different game of hide-and-seek. Recommended for ages 3-7.

    Otis and the Tornado (Loren Long) - Otis and his farm friends are enjoying a summer's day playing their favorite game, follow-the-leader. The bull, however, has no interest in playing and stays in his pen, where he delights in intimidating the other animals. Suddenly the day turns frightening: the birds stop chirping, the wind picks up, and the sky turns dark and stormy. It's a tornado! Otis rouses a game of follow-the-leader to get all of the farm animals safe and sound in the dried-up riverbanks of Mud Creek. But Otis hears a cry in the distance - it's the bull, still locked in his pen! Quick as his tires will take him, Otis putt puff puttedy chuffs back to the farm to save the day. Recommended for ages 3-7.

    Otis Loves to Play (Loren Long) - Featuring the New York Times bestselling character Otis! Children three and older will love this adorable board book, the perfect companion to Otis and Otis and the Tornado. In this new story, the beloved tractor loves to play with his friends--the calf, the cows, the horses, and of course, the ducks. Together, they jump, they play, they chase, and they march. And they always have fun--young readers will, too! Recommended for ages 3-7.

    Otis Spofford (Beverly Cleary) - When it comes to stirring up a little excitement in class, Otis Spofford knows just what to do. He can turn a folk dance fiesta into a three-ring circus…or an arithmetic lesson into a spitball marathon. Best of all, Otis likes teasing neat, well-behaved Ellen Tebbits—until the day his teasing goes too far. Now Otis is nervous, because Ellen isn't just mad…she's planning something! Recommended for ages 8-11.

    Sit on a Potato Pan, Otis!: More Palindromes (Jon Agee) - Eegad, Agee! Not another palindrome book! Well-known author and illustrator Jon Agee has been playing with words again, and now a third collection of clever, absurd, and hilarious reversible phrases is the result. These palindromes and their accompanying cartoons will inspire laughs long after first sight. One may feel compelled to go through the book again backwards -- appropriately palindromically -- to revisit his or her favorites. Recommended for ages 9-12.

    The Adventures of Otis and Peck (Anna Vark) - Phyllis has so much fun with her two best animal friends, Peck and Otis. But when her father decides to sell her beloved chicken, Peck, can the three friends convince him to let Peck stay? Find out in The Adventures of Otis and Peck! Recommended for ages 3-7.

    They Call Me Otis (Sallee E. Frazier) - They Call Me Otis starts with a difficult birth for Otis and Lexie at the local Animal Hospital. As Otis grows, he and his sister Lexie, share some of their favorite times growing up Papillon. llustrated with color photos of Otis and his family, as they share some “puppy carefree days" with the reader. Revised edition. Recommended for ages 6-9.

  • Famous People Named Otis

    Famous People Named Otis

    Famous People Named Otis - Otis Redding (soul singer); Otis Armstrong (football player); Otis Blackwell (musician/songwriter); Otis Chandler (publisher); Otis Nixon (baseball player); Otis Rush (blues musician); Otis Smith (basketball player and manager); Otis Smith (football player); Otis Spann (blues musician); Otis Taylor (blues musician); Otis Taylor (football player); Otis Williams (co-founding member of The Temptations)

  • Children of Famous People Named Otis

    Children of Famous People Named Otis

    Famous People Who Named Their Son Otis - Bryan Ferry (English musician)

  • Historic Figures

    Otis - Boy Baby Name - Historic Figures

    Otis - We cannot find any historically significant people with the first name Otis.

Personality of the Boy Name Otis

The number Nine personality represents the completion or ending of the cycle, and a need for perfection. This is the personality that moves from "self" to a greater understanding and compassion for the human condition and the world order. They want to make the world a better place. Nines are capable of great spiritual and humanitarian achievements. They are courageous and fearless, able to fight great battles on behalf of worthy causes. These personalities will not tolerate injustice. They are compassionate people with a strong sensitivity to others. They are able to both educate and inspire. Friendships and relationships are the lifeblood to the Nine, and they place a high value on love and affection. Nines are often exceptionally gifted artistically, and they have a keen imagination and enterprising mind.

Variations of the Baby Name - Otis

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