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Where did the English Motte family come from? What is the English Motte family crest and coat of arms? When did the Motte family first arrive in the United States? Where did the various branches of the family go? What is the Motte family history?Motte is a name that was carried to England in the great wave of migration from Normandy following the Norman Conquest of 1066. The Motte family lived in Essex. The name, however, descends from the family's place of residence prior to the Norman Conquest of England in 1066, Mott a town in Cotes du Nord, Normandy.
Before the last few hundred years the English language had no fixed system of spelling rules. For that reason, spelling variations occurred commonly in Anglo Norman surnames. Over the years, many variations of the name Motte were recorded, including Mott, Motte, Mote, De Mott, De Motte, Demott and others.
First found in Essex, where the family held a family seat from very early times, having been granted lands by Duke William of Normandy, their liege Lord, for their distinguished assistance at the Battle of Hastings in 1066 A.D.
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The unstable environment in England at this time caused numerous families to board ships and leave in search of opportunity and freedom from persecution abroad in places like Ireland, Australia, and particularly the New World. The voyage was extremely difficult, however, and only taken at great expense. The cramped conditions and unsanitary nature of the vessels caused many to arrive diseased and starving, not to mention destitute from the enormous cost. Still opportunity in the emerging nations of Canada and the United States was far greater than at home and many went on to make important contributions to the cultures of their adopted countries. An examination of many early immigration records reveals that people bearing the name Motte arrived in North America very early:
Motte Settlers in the United States in the 18th Century
Motte Settlers in the United States in the 19th Century
Motte Settlers in the United States in the 20th Century
The Motte Family Crest was acquired from the Houseofnames.com archives. The Motte 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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