Gender Masculine
Pronounced Pron. AW-to(German) AHT-o(English) OT-to(Finnish)  [key·IPA]

Meaning & History

Later German form of Audo, originally a short form of various names beginning with the Old Frankish element aud, Old High German ot meaning "wealth, fortune". This was the name of a 9th-century king of the West Franks (name usually spelled as Odo). This was also the name of four kings of Germany, starting in the 10th century with Otto I, the first Holy Roman Emperor, known as Otto the Great. Saint Otto of Bamberg was a 12th-century missionary to Pomerania. The name was also borne by a 19th-century king of Greece, originally from Bavaria. Another notable bearer was the German chancellor Otto von Bismarck (1815-1898).

Related Names

VariantsUdo(German) Audo, Odilo, Odo(Germanic)
Feminine FormsUta(German) Auda, Oda, Odila, Odilia(Germanic)
Other Languages & CulturesOta, Oto(Czech) Ott(Estonian) Odilon(French) Ottó(Hungarian) Ottó(Icelandic) Oddo, Ottone, Ottorino, Rino(Italian) Ode(Medieval English) Eudes(Medieval French) Auðr(Old Norse) Oto(Slovak) Ota(Sorbian)
Surname DescendantsOttosen(Danish) Otten(Dutch) Ott(English) Ott, Otto(German) Ottosen(Norwegian) Ottosson(Swedish)
Same SpellingOttó


People think this name is

classic   mature   upper class   wholesome   strong   strange   simple   serious   nerdy  

Name Days

Austria: March 23
Austria: May 30
Austria: June 30
Austria: July 1
Austria: September 7
Denmark: April 9
Denmark: November 4
Estonia: May 9
Finland: April 17
Germany: June 30
Norway: November 4
Poland: July 2
Poland: July 3
Poland: November 18
Sweden: April 9


12th-century depiction of Otto the Great12th-century depiction of Otto the Great


Sources & References

  1. Förstemann, Ernst. Altdeutsches Namenbuch. Bonn, 1900, page 186.
Entry updated December 7, 2022