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

The Norman Conquest of England in 1066 brought much change to the island nation, including many immigrants with new names. Among these immigrants were the ancestors of the Marotta family, who lived in Leicestershire. Their name, however, is a reference to the family's place of residence prior to the Norman Conquest of England in 1066, Marriot in 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 Marotta were recorded, including Marriott, Mariott, Marriot, Marritt, Marrot, Marrotte, Mariatt, Maryet, Maryott, Marryatt, Mariate, Merritt, Merriott and many more.

First found in Leicestershire where they held a family seat from very early times and were granted lands by Duke William of Normandy, their liege Lord, for their distinguished assistance at the Battle of Hastings in 1066 A.D.


This web page shows only a small excerpt of our Marotta research. Another 229 words(16 lines of text) covering the years 1614, 1695, 1657, 1679, 1708, 1695, 1698 and are included under the topic Early Marotta History in all our PDF Extended History products.


Another 117 words(8 lines of text) are included under the topic Early Marotta Notables in all our PDF Extended History products.


Some of the Marotta family moved to Ireland, but this topic is not covered in this excerpt. Another 101 words(7 lines of text) about their life in Ireland is included in all our PDF Extended History products.


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 Marotta arrived in North America very early:

Marotta Settlers in United States in the 19th Century

  • Gautoni Marotta, who settled in America in 1882
  • Paolo Marotta, who arrived in Pennsylvania in 1886

Marotta Settlers in United States in the 20th Century

  • Dominic Marotta, who came to Wisconsin in 1913
  • Frank Marotta, who came to Wisconsin in 1917


  • Jerome David "Jerry" Marotta (b. 1956), American drummer who has played with Stevie Nicks, Peter Gabriel's band (197786), Hall & Oates (197981) and others
  • Rich Marotta, American sportscaster
  • Alessandro Marotta (b. 1986), Italian footballer
  • Ugo Marotta (b. 1942), Brazilian musician, conductor, arranger and composer
  • Giuseppe "Beppe" Marotta (b. 1957), Italian football executive, Director General and Sports Department CEO of Italian football club Juventus
  • Alfonso Marotta (b. 1923), Italian modern pentathlete at the 1952 Summer Olympics


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The Marotta Family Crest was acquired from the Houseofnames.com archives. The Marotta 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.

This page was last modified on 12 September 2013 at 10:02.

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