Surname Saturday: Utter

UtterCrestThe surname “Utter” is of Scandinavian (Swedish) origin, a baptismal name meaning “son of Ottur”, and derived from an animal (otter).  Amandus Johnson, a Swedish historian, believed it to be a distinctly Swedish name.  One source indicates that the name was carried to England as a result of the Norman Invasion of 1066.

In the County of Cambridge the name Edward Oter appeared in 1273.  In 1300 there is a record of Robert Oter in County Suffolk, and an Otur de Insula in Kent in the mid to late 1300’s.  Listed on the Yorkshire Poll Tax of 1379 was Johanne Otour, and in 1766 Robert Otter married Sarah Henslowe in London.  Alternate spellings of this surname include Ottur, Otter, Oter, Uter and Uttor.

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