The surname lamotta 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.
The surname lamotta was 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
and was Lord of Mottola, near Otranto.
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Italian surnames come in far more variations than the names of most other nationalities. Regional traditions and dialects are a decisive factor in this characteristic. For example, northern names tend to end in "o", while southern in "i". Also important, but not unique to Italy, was the fact that before dictionaries and the printing press most scribes simply spelled words according to their sounds. The predictable result was an enormous number of spelling variations
. The recorded spellings of lamotta include Motta, La Motta, Moti, Mota, Mottino, Motino and many more.
Prominent among bearers of this surname in early times was the Mottola family in Calabria, who were Lords of many feudal
territories during the 16th century. With the Amato feud... Another 30 words (2 lines of text) are included under the topic Early lamotta Notables in all our PDF Extended History products and printed products wherever possible.