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Where did the Italian Mota family come from? What is the Italian Mota family crest and coat of arms? When did the Mota family first arrive in the United States? Where did the various branches of the family go? What is the Mota family history?

The surname Mota was derived from the word Italian word motta, which is a rising up of the land or a large heap of stones, debris, and sand, like those found in areas of Southern Italy.

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Surnames that originated in Italy are characterized by an enormous number of spelling variations. Some of these are derived from regional traditions and dialects. Northern names, for instance, often end in "o", while southern names tend to end in "i". Other variations come from the fact the medieval scribes tended to spell according to the sound of words, rather than any particular set of rules. The recorded variations of Mota include Motta, La Motta, Moti, Mota, Mottino, Motino and many more.

First found in Calabria, known to many people as located at "the tip of the Italian boot." Records of the name are found in the 12th century, when Carlo di Mottola was a Baron and was Lord of Mottola, near Otranto.


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This web page shows only a small excerpt of our Mota research. More information is included under the topic Early Mota History in all our PDF Extended History products.

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Another 99 words(7 lines of text) are included under the topic Early Mota Notables in all our PDF Extended History products.

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Investigation of immigration and passenger lists has revealed a number of people bearing the name Mota:

Mota Settlers in the United States in the 19th Century


  • Pedro DeLa Mota, who landed in Venezuela in 1834

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  10. Di Crollalanza, G.B. Dizionario Storico-Blasonico Delle Famiglie Nobili e Notabili Italiane 3 volumes. Pisa. Print.
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The Mota Family Crest was acquired from the Houseofnames.com archives. The Mota Family Crest was drawn according to heraldic standards based on published blazons. We generally include the oldest published family crest once associated with each surname.

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