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

The name Mott was brought to England in the wave of migration that followed the Norman Conquest of 1066. The Mott 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.

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Norman surnames are characterized by a multitude of spelling variations. The frequent changes in surnames are largely due to the fact that the Old and Middle English languages lacked definite spelling rules. The introduction of Norman French to England, as well as the official court languages of Latin and French, also had pronounced influences on the spelling of surnames. Since medieval scribes and church officials recorded names as they sounded, rather than adhering to any specific spelling rules, it was common to find the same individual referred to with different spellings. The name has been spelled 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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This web page shows only a small excerpt of our Mott research. Another 187 words(13 lines of text) covering the years 1710, 1693 and 1738 are included under the topic Early Mott History in all our PDF Extended History products.

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Another 55 words(4 lines of text) are included under the topic Early Mott Notables in all our PDF Extended History products.

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Many English families emigrated to North American colonies in order to escape the political chaos in Britain at this time. Unfortunately, many English families made the trip to the New World under extremely harsh conditions. Overcrowding on the ships caused the majority of the immigrants to arrive diseased, famished, and destitute from the long journey across the stormy Atlantic. Despite these hardships, many of the families prospered and went on to make invaluable contributions to the development of the cultures of the United States and Canada. Early North American immigration records have revealed a number of people bearing the name Mott or a variant listed above:

Mott Settlers in United States in the 17th Century


  • John, Mott Sr., who arrived in Virginia in 1621
  • Adam Mott, who arrived with his wife Sarah and five children in Boston in 1635
  • Adam Mott, who arrived in Hingham, Massachusetts in 1636
  • Fra Mott, who landed in Virginia in 1653
  • Margarett Mott, aged 12, landed in New England in 1656


Mott Settlers in United States in the 18th Century


  • Anne Mott, who landed in Virginia in 1703
  • Peter Mott, who came to New York in 1711

Mott Settlers in United States in the 19th Century


  • William Mott, who immigrated to Philadelphia in 1807
  • Louisa D Mott, who arrived in New York, NY in 1844
  • Henry Mott, who arrived in Allegany (Allegheny) County, Pennsylvania in 1848
  • John Mott, who landed in San Francisco, California in 1851
  • Capt. Mott, who arrived in San Francisco, California in 1851


Mott Settlers in Canada in the 18th Century


  • Samuel Mott, who arrived in Nova Scotia in 1760

Mott Settlers in Canada in the 19th Century


  • Abel Mott, who landed in Canada in 1828
  • Oliver Mott, who landed in Canada in 1830

Mott Settlers in Australia in the 19th Century


  • Joseph Mott arrived in Adelaide, Australia aboard the ship "Rajasthan" in 1840
  • Mary Mott arrived in Adelaide, Australia aboard the ship "Rajasthan" in 1840
  • Martha Mott arrived in Adelaide, Australia aboard the ship "Rajasthan" in 1840
  • Ann Mott arrived in Adelaide, Australia aboard the ship "Rajasthan" in 1840
  • James Mott arrived in Adelaide, Australia aboard the ship "Rajasthan" in 1840


Mott Settlers in New Zealand in the 19th Century


  • John Mott, aged 43, a labourer, arrived in Wellington, New Zealand aboard the ship "Douglas" in 1873
  • Marianne Mott, aged 42, arrived in Wellington, New Zealand aboard the ship "Douglas" in 1873
  • John Mott, aged 11, arrived in Wellington, New Zealand aboard the ship "Douglas" in 1873
  • Walter Mott, aged 8, arrived in Wellington, New Zealand aboard the ship "Douglas" in 1873
  • Charles Mott, aged 6, arrived in Wellington, New Zealand aboard the ship "Douglas" in 1873


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  • Lewis Freeman Mott (1863-1941), American English scholar
  • John Raleigh Mott (1865-1955), American religious leader
  • Lucretia Mott (1793-1880), American feminist/reformer
  • Elisha Matthew "Bitsy" Mott (1918-2001), American Major League Baseball backup infielder for the Philadelphia Phillies in 1945
  • Charles Stewart Mott (1875-1973), American businessman, philanthropist and politician, the 50th and 55th Mayor of Flint, Michigan, founder of the Charles Stewart Mott Foundation
  • Dan Mott, American actor, known for his roles in Yours, Mine and Ours (2005) and Get Low (2009)
  • Elias Bertram Mott (1879-1961), American politician, Chairman of the New Jersey Republican State Committee
  • Frank Luther Mott (1886-1964), American historian and journalist
  • General Gershom Mott (1822-1884), United States Army officer in the Union Army, Commander in the Eastern Theater of the American Civil War
  • Gordon Newell Mott (1812-1887), American politician, Delegate to the U.S. House of Representatives from Nevada Territory (1863-1864)

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  • Mott Street by Jordan L. Mott.
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The Mott Family Crest was acquired from the Houseofnames.com archives. The Mott 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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