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Origin: Teutonic
Meaning: Prosperous

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Popularity Over Time: How Many Boys Have Been Named Otto

This chart illustrates how many Boys were named Otto in the U.S. since 1880.

A few facts about the boy's name Otto:

  • Records indicate that 26,569 boys in the United States have been named Otto since 1880.

  • The greatest number of people were given this name in 1917, when 802 people in the U.S. were given the name Otto. Those people are now 103 years old.

    So ... how do we know this stuff? Baby Names Hub identifies trends by analyzing vast amounts of data made available by the U.S. government and other public sources. This data, including social security statistics, provides detailed information on baby name popularity and trends in the United States.


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      5 Positive Comments

  • "My name is Otto and I always get compliments about my name. I think it?s a unique name that people don?t see often which helps because people always remember you. However, people will pronounce it like ?Oh-tow? and spell it like auto. If you can play along with the ?Otto-mobile? ?Otto-bots? or other jokes then it?s a fun name." Mar. 19, 2020: Report as inappropriate

  • "My father's name is Otto. I have a daughter so couldn't use it and wouldn't have had I had a boy at the time. But the more I see it being applied now, I can see it is a neat, friendly, practical and powerful name. And at least it isn't a last name made into a first name. It is a good traditional name which looks funky as it's a palindrome." Nov. 30, 2013: Report as inappropriate

  • "We just named our son Otto. He's our fourth and we considered it during each pregnancy and it just felt right this time. It's a family name on both sides of our family, so we thought that was neat. My husband has been using it when he gives a name just to see how people react. It's been pretty funny at times. What I don't get it how people think a traditional name like Otto is weird, but then a completely madeup name that ends with an i and is spelled totally strange is just fine. I think people should name their kids whatever they want, but don't act like my choice is weird when yours is weird to me." Jul. 14, 2010: Report as inappropriate

  • "That is the most awesome name ever! I hope celebs don't get ahold of it!!" Jun. 13, 2009: Report as inappropriate

  • "My Dad's name is Otto, and I really want my future son to have that name, but, it pretty much won't happen." Jan. 17, 2009: Report as inappropriate

      6 Neutral Comments

  • "Love it. I'm naming my baby-on-the-way this! I've loved it ever since jr high when I read the diary of Anne Frank (her dad's name) It sounds like an intelligent person but masculine at the same time. That's a hard combo for boys, I think." Dec. 22, 2008: Report as inappropriate

  • "In some areas of the world Otto is seen as a cute name and more so than either popular names like Jacob, Connor, and Tyler or names still considered grandpa-ish such as Herman, Edwin, and Stanley. Yet I guess that in other areas of the world, namely in many areas of the U.S., Otto IS at the present time in the same category as the latter three, not least because of the bus driver in The Simpsons or that bald, spectacle-wearing scientist in another cartoon, The Animaniacs, both going by the name Otto. It is really meant to be an old-fashioned German name, as it was more popular in Germany than elsewhere in 1900. Otto Preminger the film director was yet another bearer of the name." Oct. 12, 2008: Report as inappropriate

  • "I suppose Otto has negative associations as well as positive ones. On the one end it is the first name of Daniel Handler's little boy, and then there are the people representing the name's negative side - the fictional Herr Flick in the UK sitcom Allo Allo, Anne Frank's father who was an Otto (he died in 1980 aged 91 though his wife Edith and daughters Margot and Anne went into early graves - in the daughters' cases very early graves - in 1945), and, well, just any geeky U.S. professor from many years ago (probably the Fifties)." Jun. 3, 2008: Report as inappropriate

  • "Is nothing like those terminally old-fashioned Elmer/Wilbur/Mortimer/Ethel/Beulah type names. I can kind of see a cute little boy with a name like Otto with either a twin brother or older brother or younger brother named Gus. I think Otto is a cool name for a little boy and so is Gus, but those other names I've just mentioned are still totally uncool - and even Harold, Arthur, Frank, Ernest, Edith, Mabel, Florence, Ida, and Myrtle are still usually considered senior citizens' names." May. 19, 2008: Report as inappropriate

  • "American novelist Daniel Handler, author of 'A Series Of Unfortunate Events' under the nom de plume of Lemony Snicket, has an infant son named Otto, born in 2003. Because it's a palindrome name, I think it's a cool name and even more so than Oscar or Frank or Arthur (the first of these gaining in popularity again while the second and third are still usually dad-grandpa)." May. 1, 2008: Report as inappropriate

  • "The first name of Herr Flick in the Eighties British sitcom Allo Allo, set in wartime France and Germany. He was the character who was always limping as well as pursuing L.Cpl. Helga Geerhart." Mar. 7, 2008: Report as inappropriate

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