Gender Masculine
Pronounced Pron. AW-to(German)

Meaning & History

Later German form of Audo or Odo, originally a short form of various names beginning with the Germanic element aud meaning "wealth, fortune". This was the name of four kings of Germany, starting in the 10th century with Otto I, the first Holy Roman emperor, who was known as Otto the Great. This name was also borne by a 19th-century king of Greece who was originally from Bavaria. Another notable bearer was the German chancellor Otto von Bismarck (1815-1898).

Related Names

VariantsAudo, Odilo, Odo(Ancient Germanic)
Feminine FormsOda, Odilie, Ottilie, Uta, Ute(German) Ottilia(Swedish) Oda(Norwegian) Odelia(English) Auda, Oda, Odila, Odilia(Ancient 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) Odilon(Portuguese) Oto(Slovak) Ota(Sorbian)
Surname DescendantsOttosen(Danish) Otten(Dutch) Ott(English) Ott, Otto(German) Ottosen(Norwegian) Ottosson(Swedish)
Same SpellingOttó



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

People think this name is

classic   mature   upper class   wholesome   strong   strange   simple   serious   nerdy  

Name Days

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


Sources & References

  1. Förstemann, Ernst. Altdeutsches Namenbuch. Bonn, 1900, page 186.

Entry updated February 4, 2020