a medieval English villein
Samuel Johnson's Dictionary
One who inhabits a cot. Dict.
Origin: from cot.
A cottier is a term used in Ireland to refer to a rural laborer or tenant farmer who rents and cultivates a small plot of land. The cottier usually paid their rent by working for the landlord. The type and quality of the land could vary, but it was typically poor quality, and the cottier would often live in a small cottage, hence the name. This system was prevalent in Ireland during the 19th century but has largely ceased to exist today.
in Great Britain and Ireland, a person who hires a small cottage, with or without a plot of land. Cottiers commonly aid in the work of the landlord's farm
Origin: [OF. cotier. See Coterie, and cf. Cotter.]
Surnames Frequency by Census Records
According to the U.S. Census Bureau, Cottier is ranked #39887 in terms of the most common surnames in America.
The Cottier surname appeared 550 times in the 2010 census and if you were to sample 100,000 people in the United States, approximately 0 would have the surname Cottier.
66% or 363 total occurrences were White.
27.4% or 151 total occurrences were American Indian or Alaskan Native.
4% or 22 total occurrences were of Hispanic origin.
1.2% or 7 total occurrences were of two or more races.
The numerical value of Cottier in Chaldean Numerology is: 8
The numerical value of Cottier in Pythagorean Numerology is: 9