Mott Surname History

Mott is a name that first reached England following 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. [1]

Early Origins of the Mott family

The surname Mott was 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. Moate (Irish: An Móta) is a town in County Westmeath, Ireland. In this case the town's name was derived from the term "motte-and-bailey," an early Norman fortification with a wooden or stone keep. The Norman earthwork is still visible behind the buildings on the main street.

The Hundredorum Rolls of 1273 listed a wide range of spellings throughout ancient England: Motte (without surname), Buckinghamshire; William Moth, Norfolk; Basilia Motte, Cambridgeshire; and Richard Mote, Oxfordshire. [2]

"In the 13th century, Motte, sometimes written Mot, was a common Cambridgeshire name, but it also occurred then in Essex, Hunts, Kent, Bucks, and Oxfordshire." [3]

However, Yorkshire proved to be a stronghold for the family for many years: "The Motts have found a home in this county for at least 600 years. In the 13th century the name of Motte occurred in Bradfield in this county. From the 14th to the 17th century there resided a notable gentle family of Mott at Shalford; some of the members lived at Braintree, in the same neighbourhood, in the 16th and 17th centuries; Sherne Hall, Shalford, was in the possession of the family in the 17th century." [3]

Important Dates for the Mott family

This web page shows only a small excerpt of our Mott research. Another 152 words (11 lines of text) covering the years 1379, 1588, 1583, 1686, 1693, 1710, 1693 and 1738 are included under the topic Early Mott History in all our PDF Extended History products and printed products wherever possible.

Mott Spelling Variations

It is only in the last few hundred years that the English language has been standardized. For that reason, Anglo-Norman surnames like Mott are characterized by many spelling variations. Scribes and monks in the Middle Ages spelled names they sounded, so it is common to find several variations that refer to a single person. As the English language changed and incorporated elements of other European languages such as Norman French and Latin, even literate people regularly changed the spelling of their names. The variations of the name Mott include Mott, Motte, Mote, De Mott, De Motte, Demott and others.

Early Notables of the Mott family (pre 1700)

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Mott migration to the United States

Faced with the chaos present in England at that time, many English families looked towards the open frontiers of the New World with its opportunities to escape oppression and starvation. People migrated to North America, as well as Australia and Ireland in droves, paying exorbitant rates for passages in cramped, unsafe ships. Many of the settlers did not make the long passage alive, but those who did see the shores of North America were welcomed with great opportunity. Many of the families that came from England went on to make essential contributions to the emerging nations of Canada and the United States. Some of the first immigrants to cross the Atlantic and come to North America carried 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 [4]
  • Adam Mott, who arrived with his wife Sarah and five children in Boston in 1635
  • Adam Mott, who arrived in Hingham, Massachusetts in 1636 [4]
  • Fra Mott, who landed in Virginia in 1653 [4]
  • Margarett Mott, aged 12, who landed in New England in 1656 [4]
  • ... (More are available in all our PDF Extended History products and printed products wherever possible.)
Mott Settlers in United States in the 18th Century
  • Anne Mott, who landed in Virginia in 1703 [4]
  • Peter Mott, who settled in 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 [4]
  • Henry Mott, who arrived in Allegany (Allegheny) County, Pennsylvania in 1848 [4]
  • John Mott, who landed in San Francisco, California in 1851 [4]
  • Capt. Mott, who arrived in San Francisco, California in 1851 [4]
  • ... (More are available in all our PDF Extended History products and printed products wherever possible.)

Mott migration to Canada

Some of the first settlers of this family name were:

Mott Settlers in Canada in the 18th Century
  • Samuel Mott, who arrived in Nova Scotia in 1760
  • Mrs. Abigal Mott U.E. who settled in New Brunswick c. 1784 [5]
  • Mr. John Mott U.E. who settled in New Brunswick c. 1784 [5]
  • Mr. Jonathan Mott U.E. who settled in Saint Johns, New Brunswick c. 1784 [5]
  • Mr. Reuben Mott U.E., (Motte) born in Poughkeepsie, Dutchess County, New York, USA from New York, USA who settled in Elizabeth Town [Elizabethtown], Leeds County, Ontario c. 1784 he served in the 84th Regiment of Kings Royal Rangers of New York as well as Jessups Rangers, married to Hannah having 6 children, he died in 1839 [5]
  • ... (More are available in all our PDF Extended History products and printed products wherever possible.)
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 migration to Australia

Emigration to Australia followed the First Fleets of convicts, tradespeople and early settlers. Early immigrants include:

Mott Settlers in Australia in the 19th Century
  • Joseph Mott, who arrived in Adelaide, Australia aboard the ship "Rajasthan" in 1840 [6]
  • Mary Mott, who arrived in Adelaide, Australia aboard the ship "Rajasthan" in 1840 [6]
  • Martha Mott, who arrived in Adelaide, Australia aboard the ship "Rajasthan" in 1840 [6]
  • Ann Mott, who arrived in Adelaide, Australia aboard the ship "Rajasthan" in 1840 [6]
  • James Mott, who arrived in Adelaide, Australia aboard the ship "Rajasthan" in 1840 [6]
  • ... (More are available in all our PDF Extended History products and printed products wherever possible.)

Mott migration to New Zealand

Emigration to New Zealand followed in the footsteps of the European explorers, such as Captain Cook (1769-70): first came sealers, whalers, missionaries, and traders. By 1838, the British New Zealand Company had begun buying land from the Maori tribes, and selling it to settlers, and, after the Treaty of Waitangi in 1840, many British families set out on the arduous six month journey from Britain to Aotearoa to start a new life. Early immigrants include:

Mott Settlers in New Zealand in the 19th Century
  • Mr. C Mott, Australian settler travelling from Hobart, Tasmania, Australia aboard the ship "Bandicoot" arriving in New Zealand in 1846 [7]
  • John Mott, aged 43, a labourer, who arrived in Wellington, New Zealand aboard the ship "Douglas" in 1873
  • Marianne Mott, aged 42, who arrived in Wellington, New Zealand aboard the ship "Douglas" in 1873
  • John Mott, aged 11, who arrived in Wellington, New Zealand aboard the ship "Douglas" in 1873
  • Walter Mott, aged 8, who arrived in Wellington, New Zealand aboard the ship "Douglas" in 1873
  • ... (More are available in all our PDF Extended History products and printed products wherever possible.)

Contemporary Notables of the name Mott (post 1700)

  • Stewart Rawlings Mott (1937-2008), American philanthropist who founded the Stewart R. Mott Charitable Trust
  • Lucretia Coffin Mott (1793-1880), American Quaker, abolitionist, a women's rights activist, and a social reformer
  • Jordan Lawrence Mott IV (1881-1931), American novelist and writer on the outdoor life
  • Jordan Lawrence Mott (b. 1799), American inventor and industrialist, founder of J. L. Mott Iron Works in New York in 1828
  • James Wheaton Mott (1883-1945), American politician, Member of the U.S. House of Representatives from Oregon (1933-1945)
  • Joe Mott (b. 1965), American NFL football linebacker who played from 1989 to 1993
  • James Mott (1739-1823), American politician, United States Representative from New Jersey
  • James Mott (1788-1868), American Quaker leader, teacher, merchant and activist for anti-slavery and women's rights
  • Gordon Newell Mott (1812-1887), American politician, Delegate to the U.S. House of Representatives from Nevada Territory (1863-1864)
  • General Gershom Mott (1822-1884), United States Army officer in the Union Army, Commander in the Eastern Theater of the American Civil War
  • ... (Another 66 notables are available in all our PDF Extended History products and printed products wherever possible.)

Citations

  1. ^ Barber, Henry, British Family Names London: Elliot Stock, 62 Paternoster Row, 1894. Print.
  2. ^ Bardsley, C.W, A Dictionary of English and Welsh Surnames: With Special American Instances. Wiltshire: Heraldry Today, 1901. Print. (ISBN 0-900455-44-6)
  3. ^ Guppy, Henry Brougham, Homes of Family Names in Great Britain. 1890. Print.
  4. ^ Filby, P. William, Meyer, Mary K., Passenger and immigration lists index : a guide to published arrival records of about 500,000 passengers who came to the United States and Canada in the seventeenth, eighteenth, and nineteenth centuries. 1982-1985 Cumulated Supplements in Four Volumes Detroit, Mich. : Gale Research Co., 1985, Print (ISBN 0-8103-1795-8)
  5. ^ Rubincam, Milton. The Old United Empire Loyalists List. Genealogical Publishing Co., Inc, 1976. (Originally published as; United Empire Loyalists. The Centennial of the Settlement of Upper Canada. Rose Publishing Company, 1885.) ISBN 0-8063-0331-X
  6. ^ State Records of South Australia. (Retrieved 2010, November 5) RAJASTHAN 1840. Retrieved from http://www.slsa.sa.gov.au/BSA/1840Rajasthan.htm
  7. ^ New Zealand Yesteryears Passenger Lists 1800 to 1900 (Retrieved 17th October 2018). Retrieved from http://www.yesteryears.co.nz/shipping/passlist.html
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