The German surname Ott, also found in France and England, is of patronymic origin deriving from the personal name Odo or Otto. The German name Odo or Otto was a hereditary name in the Saxon ruling house, as well as being borne by Otto von Wittelsbach, who founded the Bavarian ruling dynasty in the 11th century, and the 12th-century Otto of Bamberg, apostle of Pomerania. The name is first recorded in the New World in 1709 when Johann Ott arrived in New York. Today there are approximately 26,000 bearers of the name Ott living in the United States.
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