Origins Available: French
The surname Matta 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.
Early Origins of the Matta family
The surname Matta 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 Baron
and was Lord of Mottola, near Otranto.
Early History of the Matta family
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Matta Spelling Variations
Surnames that originated in Italy are characterized by an enormous number of spelling variations
. Some of these are derived from regional traditions and dialects. Northern names, for instance, often end in "o", while southern names tend to end in "i". Other variations come from the fact the medieval scribes tended to spell according to the sound of words, rather than any particular set of rules. The recorded variations of Matta include Motta, La Motta, Moti, Mota, Mottino, Motino and many more.
Early Notables of the Matta family (pre 1700)
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 Matta Notables in all our PDF Extended History products and printed products wherever possible.
Migration of the Matta family to the New World and Oceana
Investigation of immigration and passenger lists has revealed a number of people bearing the name Matta: Peter Motino, who arrived in Mississippi in 1820 at the age of 25.
Contemporary Notables of the name Matta (post 1700)
- Javier Manzano Matta (b. 1904), architect from Chile