Otis is a boy name and means wealth; son of Otto. It is a German name and its pronunciation is \o-tis\. Other similar names and variants include: Oates, Otess, Ottis, Otys. Otis is a very popular first name for men (#316 out of 1220) and also a very popular surname or last name for both men and women (#3244 out of 88799).
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Based on our intensive research on international Census data we identified the number of babies named Otis over the years and Otis's popularity rank:

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Famous actors named Otis and their movies

Otis Day
Otis Day
  • No. of movies: 1
Car Wash

Car Wash

Directed by: Michael Schultz

Starring: Richard Pryor, Franklyn Ajaye, Darrow Igus, Otis Day

Country: United States of America

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Famous directors named Otis and their movies

Otis Thayer
Otis Thayer
  • No. of movies: 11

Across the Border

Directed by: Otis Thayer

Starring: Edmund Cobb, Grace McHugh, Ted Hardcastle, Arthur Lewis

The Greater Barrier

Directed by: Otis Thayer

Starring: George Gebhardt, Josephine West

Finders Keepers

Directed by: Otis Thayer

Starring: Violet Mersereau, Edmund Cobb, Dorothy Dean Bridges, Verne Layton

The Mystery of No. 47

Directed by: Otis Thayer

Starring: Ralph Herz, Nellie Hartley, Louiszita Valentine, Edgar Murray Jr.

Otis Garrett
Otis Garrett
  • No. of movies: 9

Danger on the Air

Directed by: Otis Garrett

Starring: Nan Grey, Donald Woods, Jed Prouty, Berton Churchill

The Black Doll

The Black Doll

Directed by: Otis Garrett

Exile Express

Exile Express

Directed by: Otis Garrett

The Lady in the Morgue

Directed by: Otis Garrett

Starring: Preston Foster, Patricia Ellis, Frank Jenks, Thomas E. Jackson

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Famous writers named Otis and their books

Otis Carney
Otis Carney
  • No. of books: 6
When The Bough Breaks

When The Bough Breaks


This scarce antiquarian book is a facsimile reprint of the original. Due to its age, it may contain imperfections such as marks, notations, marginalia and flawed pages.

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Frequently Asked Questions

Is Otis a popular name?

Over the years Otis was most popular in 1905. According to the latest US census information Otis ranks #305th while according to famousnames.vip Otis ranks #5th.

How popular is the name Otis?

According to the US census in 2018, 409 boys were born named Otis, making Otis the #649th name more popular among boy names. In 1905 Otis had the highest rank with 221 boys born that year with this name.

How common is the name Otis?

Otis is #649th in the ranking of most common names in the United States according to he US Census.

When was the name Otis more popular ?

The name Otis was more popular in 1905 with 221 born in that year.

When was the last time a baby was named Otis

The last time a baby was named Otis was in 2020, based on US Census data.

How many people born in 2020 are named Otis?

In 2020 there were 409 baby boys named Otis.

Who is a famous person named Otis?

There a several famous people named Otis, for example actor Otis Day, director Otis Thayer, musician Otis Redding.

Who is a famous director named Otis?

A famous director named Otis is Otis Thayer, who directed 4 movies, including Across the Border and The Greater Barrier.

Who is a famous singer named Otis?

A famous singer named Otis is Otis Redding, with over 4 songs, including Mr. Pitiful and The Happy Song (Dum-Dum).

How many famous directors are named Otis?

There are 2 directors named Otis including Otis Thayer and Otis Garrett who directed movies such as Across the Border and Danger on the Air.