A "cottier" (common noun):
. In Switzerland:
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.
. In France:
Same etymology and meaning as for 1. (Switzerland)
A "cottier", common noun [from Old French "cotier"; a medieval English villein [syn.: "a cotter"].
In Great Britain and Ireland : a person who hires a small cottage, with or without a plot of land. As in Switzerland and France : "cottiers" commonly aid in the work of the landlord's farm. [Note : feudal status terms also written "cottar" and "cotter".]
"Cotter" (family name):
Status name from Middle English "cotter", a technical term in the feudal system for a serf or bond tenant who held a cottage by service rather than rent, from Old English "cot" : "cottage", "hut";
(see "Coates" + -er agentive suffix).
Status name for a cottager, or a topographic name for someone who lived in a relatively humble dwelling (from Middle English "cotes", plural (or genitive) of "cote" , "cott" ); or a habitational name from any of the numerous places named with this word [See also: Cotter].
"Cotter" (family name): Derived from MacOttar constructed from the prefix for clan "Mc" or "Mac" and the 10th century Norse family name Ottar.
"Kötter" (family name) : Status name for a farm laborer who lived in a cottage or hovel with no land, from an agent derivative of Middle High German and Middle Low German "kote" : cottage, hovel.
"Koth" (family name) :
German (also "Köth" ) : from Middle German "kote" : "cottage", "hovel", a status name for a day laborer who lived in a cottage and owned no farmland.