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Type Surname (from given name)
Usage English
Pronounced Pron. LOts-pEIch

Meaning & History

possibly from Bavarian lott ‘mud’ + speich ‘spittle’, ‘moist dirt’, either a topographic name for someone who lived on land in a muddy area or a nickname for someone who had a dirty appearance. alternatively, a metonymic occupational nickname for a wheelwright who made sloppy spokes, from Middle High German loter ‘loose’ + speich ‘spoke (of a wheel)’.
Added 8/23/2017 by anonymous
Edited 3/5/2020 by Mike C