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Moats is an ancient Norman name that arrived in England after the Norman Conquest of 1066. The Moats 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.

Moats Early Origins



The surname Moats 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.

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Moats Spelling Variations


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Moats Spelling Variations



Endless spelling variations are a prevailing characteristic of Norman surnames. Old and Middle English lacked any definite spelling rules, and the introduction of Norman French added an unfamiliar ingredient to the English linguistic stew. French and Latin, the languages of the court, also influenced spellings. Finally, Medieval scribes generally spelled words according to how they sounded, so one person was often referred to by different spellings in different documents. The name has been spelled Mott, Motte, Mote, De Mott, De Motte, Demott and others.

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Moats Early History


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Moats Early History



This web page shows only a small excerpt of our Moats research. Another 187 words (13 lines of text) covering the years 1710, 1693 and 1738 are included under the topic Early Moats History in all our PDF Extended History products and printed products wherever possible.

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Moats Early Notables (pre 1700)


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Moats Early Notables (pre 1700)



Another 35 words (2 lines of text) are included under the topic Early Moats Notables in all our PDF Extended History products and printed products wherever possible.

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The Great Migration


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The Great Migration



To escape the political and religious persecution within England at the time, many English families left for the various British colonies abroad. The voyage was extremely difficult, though, and the cramped, dank ships caused many to arrive in the New World diseased and starving. But for those who made it, the trip was most often worth it. Many of the families who arrived went on to make valuable contributions to the emerging nations of Canada and the United States. An inquiry into the early roots of North American families reveals a number of immigrants bearing the name Moats or a variant listed above:

Moats Settlers in United States in the 18th Century

  • Jonas Moats, who arrived in Virginia in 1703
  • Bemherd Moats, aged 46, landed in Pennsylvania in 1738

Moats Settlers in United States in the 20th Century

  • William H. Moats, aged 30, who landed in America, in 1908
  • Leone B. Moats, aged 26, who emigrated to the United States, in 1909
  • Alice Leone Moats, aged 1, who settled in America, in 1909
  • Alice Leone Moats, aged 5, who emigrated to the United States, in 1913
  • Benjamin F. Moats, aged 48, who landed in America, in 1913
  • ... (More are available in all our PDF Extended History products and printed products wherever possible.)

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Contemporary Notables of the name Moats (post 1700)


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Contemporary Notables of the name Moats (post 1700)



  • David Allen Moats, former American Major League Baseball outfielder
  • Alice-Leone Moats (1908-1989), American journalist and author
  • Lieutenant General Sanford Kenneth Moats (b. 1921), American Air Force lieutenant general and fighter ace
  • Arthur 'DaBody' Moats (b. 1988), American football linebacker
  • Ryan Moats (b. 1982), American football running back

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Citations


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Citations



    Other References

    1. Burke, John Bernard Ed. The Roll of Battle Abbey. Baltimore: Genealogical Publishing. Print.
    2. Reaney P.H and R.M. Wilson. A Dictionary of English Surnames. London: Routledge, 1991. Print. (ISBN 0-415-05737-X).
    3. Leeson, Francis L. Dictionary of British Peerages. Baltimore: Genealogical Publishing, 1986. Print. (ISBN 0-8063-1121-5).
    4. Hinde, Thomas Ed. The Domesday Book England's Heritage Then and Now. Surrey: Colour Library Books, 1995. Print. (ISBN 1-85833-440-3).
    5. Colletta, John P. They Came In Ships. Salt Lake City: Ancestry, 1993. Print.
    6. Bowman, George Ernest. The Mayflower Reader A Selection of Articales from The Mayflower Descendent. Baltimore: Genealogical Publishing. Print.
    7. Bede, The Venerable. Historia Ecclesiatica Gentis Anglorum (The Ecclesiastical History Of the English People). Available through Internet Medieval Sourcebook the Fordham University Centre for Medieval Studies. Print.
    8. Crispin, M. Jackson and Leonce Mary. Falaise Roll Recording Prominent Companions of William Duke of Normandy at the Conquest of England. Baltimore: Genealogical Publishing. Print.
    9. Virkus, Frederick A. Ed. Immigrant Ancestors A List of 2,500 Immigrants to America Before 1750. Baltimore: Genealogical Publishing, 1964. Print.
    10. Williams, Dr Ann. And G.H. Martin, Eds. Domesday Book A Complete Translation. London: Penguin, 1992. Print. (ISBN 0-141-00523-8).
    11. ...

    The Moats Family Crest was acquired from the Houseofnames.com archives. The Moats 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 27 November 2015 at 09:19.

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