Emily P.

PupNames.com Contributor

Otis, a name with Germanic roots meaning "wealthy," has that old-school charm. Doesn't it just make you think of a distinguished pooch enjoying a good jazz record and a fine cigar?

Plus, it's the name of the lovable pug from "The Adventures of Milo and Otis." And let's not forget Otis Redding, the legendary soul singer.>

So, if your pup has a penchant for the finer things in life, or a soulful howl that could rival Redding's vocals, Otis could be the way to go.

It feels like one of those names that's undeniably classy, but for a pup that still knows how to party.

Traits associated with the name Otis:

Dogs named Otis tend to be loving, good-natured, strong-willed, and industrious. This name is also associated with companionship, intelligence, and friendship.

What does it say about you to have a dog named Otis?

That you have a sense of humor and enjoy classic names. It could also suggest that you are a fan of the blues musician Otis Redding.

Is Otis a good dog name?

Otis has two syllables, which is highly recommended by dog trainers. Otis is a widely loved dog name for good reason. If you like it, go for it!

Popularity: Overall

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Otis is one of the more popular dog names out there. According to our data, Otis outranks the great majority of names.

Popularity: Historical Trend

Otis was, in the past month, the 135th most viewed dog name on PupNames.com.

As of July 2024, Otis is becoming ever more niche with new puppy owners. Our stats suggest that the name is less fashionable than it was at this time last year.

In general, this name has held steady in popularity with PupNames.com visitors.

In the past week, Otis was viewed 0 times, and liked 6 times.

Popularity: United States

The map below shows Otis's popularity across the United States, according to PupNames data.

Otis is most adored in South Carolina, District of Columbia and Wyoming.

By contrast, the name has been shown the least amount of interest in Idaho, Indiana and Kansas.

Popularity: Around The World

And this world map shows which countries have the greatest love for the name Otis.

Most popular breeds named Otis:

  1. Labrador Retriever
  2. Pug
  3. German Shepherd
  4. Boxer
  5. Chihuahua

Famous dogs named Otis:

  • film icon A pug named Otis played a role in the movie The Adventures of Milo and Otis.
  • film icon A jack russell terrier named Otis played a role in the movie Son of the Mask.

Otis is found in these categories:

famous dog names

Popularized by canine characters in movies and literature.

cute dog names

Evokes a cuddly teddy bear, with nods to soulful singer Redding.

playful dog names

The name's association with fun characters in pop culture and its light, bouncy sound.

old fashioned dog names

Popularized in the 19th century, it echoes vintage charm and nostalgia.

british dog names

Associated with a popular UK elevator company and soul singer Redding.

hipster dog names

Evokes vintage vibes, nods to soul legend Redding, and oozes unconventional cool.

greek dog names

Derived from Greek, meaning "he who hears well".

movie dog names

A canine star graced screens in "The Adventures of Milo and Otis".

sassy dog names

Otis oozes attitude, with a dash of cheeky charm and playful defiance.

Dog names like Otis:

Short for barnacle.
Companion, partner; perhaps a version of the word "brother".
An electrician
Precious Gem
The Yew Tree Or Youth
Otis dog name meaning

Comments icon Comments (2)

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Claudia Garcia (Bogota D.C., Colombia)
It is a beautiful and original name, that is the name of my puppy and coincidentally that is all that his name Otis means, he is cheerful, kind and original
June 21, 2023 ◆ Translated

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Anonymous1111 (Tennessee, United States)
Otis is good name. Great name. My golden retriever is named Otis, he is best boy and good boy.🐶🦴
December 07, 2022

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