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The vast movement of people that followed the Norman Conquest of England of 1066 brought the Mote family name to the British Isles. They 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.

Mote Early Origins



The surname Mote 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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Mote Spelling Variations


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Mote Spelling Variations



Anglo-Norman names are characterized by a multitude of spelling variations. When the Normans became the ruling people of England in the 11th century, they introduced a new language into a society where the main languages of Old and later Middle English had no definite spelling rules. These languages were more often spoken than written, so they blended freely with one another. Contributing to this mixing of tongues was the fact that medieval scribes spelled words according to sound, ensuring that a person's name would appear differently in nearly every document in which it was recorded. The name has been spelled Mott, Motte, Mote, De Mott, De Motte, Demott and others.

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Mote Early History


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Mote Early History



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

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Mote Early Notables (pre 1700)


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Mote Early Notables (pre 1700)



Another 35 words (2 lines of text) are included under the topic Early Mote 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



For many English families, the political and religious disarray that plagued their homeland made the frontiers of the New World an attractive prospect. Thousands migrated, aboard cramped disease-ridden ships. They arrived sick, poor, and hungry, but were welcomed in many cases with far greater opportunity than at home in England. Many of these hardy settlers went on to make important contributions to the emerging nations in which they landed. Among early immigrants bearing the name Mote or a variant listed above were:

Mote Settlers in United States in the 17th Century

  • James Mote, who landed in Virginia in 1658

Mote Settlers in United States in the 19th Century

  • Giro Mote, who arrived in Texas in 1850-1906

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Contemporary Notables of the name Mote (post 1700)


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Contemporary Notables of the name Mote (post 1700)



  • Kelly Mote, former professional American football player
  • David Mote (b. 1940), retired American NASCAR Grand National driver
  • Fredrick W. Mote (1922-2005), American Sinologist and a professor of History
  • Clayton Daniel Mote Jr. (b. 1937), American President of the University of Maryland
  • Toni Mote, American Democrat politician, Delegate to Democratic National Convention from Virginia, 2004
  • Donald Mote, American Republican politician, Alternate Delegate to Republican National Convention from Indiana, 1960
  • William Henry Mote (1803-1871), English stipple and line engraver
  • Edward Mote, English pastor and hymn writer
  • Ashley Mote (b. 1936), English non-inscrit Member of the European Parliament
  • Lauren Mote (b. 1997), British child actress

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Citations


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Citations



    Other References

    1. Leeson, Francis L. Dictionary of British Peerages. Baltimore: Genealogical Publishing, 1986. Print. (ISBN 0-8063-1121-5).
    2. Matthews, John. Matthews' American Armoury and Blue Book. London: John Matthews, 1911. Print.
    3. Ingram, Rev. James. Translator Anglo-Saxon Chronicle 1823. Print.
    4. The Norman People and Their Existing Descendants in the British Dominions and the United States Of America. Baltimore: Genealogical Publishing, 1975. Print. (ISBN 0-8063-0636-X).
    5. Burke, Sir Bernard. Burke's Genealogical and Heraldic History of the Landed Gentry: Including American Families with British Ancestry. (2 Volumes). London: Burke Publishing, 1939. Print.
    6. Virkus, Frederick A. Ed. Immigrant Ancestors A List of 2,500 Immigrants to America Before 1750. Baltimore: Genealogical Publishing, 1964. Print.
    7. Bradford, William. History of Plymouth Plantation 1620-1647 Edited by Samuel Eliot Morrison 2 Volumes. New York: Russell and Russell, 1968. Print.
    8. MacAulay, Thomas Babington. History of England from the Accession of James the Second 4 volumes. New York: Harper and Brothers, 1879. Print.
    9. Burke, John Bernard Ed. The Roll of Battle Abbey. Baltimore: Genealogical Publishing. Print.
    10. Elster, Robert J. International Who's Who. London: Europa/Routledge. Print.
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    The Mote Family Crest was acquired from the Houseofnames.com archives. The Mote 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 8 January 2016 at 11:11.

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