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The name Moten was brought to England by the Normans when they conquered the country in 1066. The ancestors of the Moten 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.

Moten Early Origins



The surname Moten 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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Moten Spelling Variations


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Moten Spelling Variations



It is only in the last few hundred years that the English language has been standardized. For that reason, Anglo-Norman surnames like Moten are characterized by many spelling variations. Scribes and monks in the Middle Ages spelled names they sounded, so it is common to find several variations that refer to a single person. As the English language changed and incorporated elements of other European languages such as Norman French and Latin, even literate people regularly changed the spelling of their names. The variations of the name Moten include Mott, Motte, Mote, De Mott, De Motte, Demott and others.

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Moten Early History


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Moten Early History



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

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Moten Early Notables (pre 1700)


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Moten Early Notables (pre 1700)



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



Faced with the chaos present in England at that time, many English families looked towards the open frontiers of the New World with its opportunities to escape oppression and starvation. People migrated to North America, as well as Australia and Ireland in droves, paying exorbitant rates for passages in cramped, unsafe ships. Many of the settlers did not make the long passage alive, but those who did see the shores of North America were welcomed with great opportunity. Many of the families that came from England went on to make essential contributions to the emerging nations of Canada and the United States. Some of the first immigrants to cross the Atlantic and come to North America carried the name Moten, or a variant listed above:

Moten Settlers in United States in the 19th Century

  • Michael Moten, aged 19, who settled in America from Roserea, in 1896

Moten Settlers in United States in the 20th Century

  • Katie Moten, aged 18, who emigrated to the United States from Roscnea, in 1900
  • Lucy E. Moten, aged 40, who landed in America, in 1904
  • James Moten, aged 18, who landed in America from Roscrea, in 1906

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Contemporary Notables of the name Moten (post 1700)


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Contemporary Notables of the name Moten (post 1700)



  • William Doyle Moten, American Republican politician, Candidate in primary for Michigan State Senate 2nd District, 1944
  • Brigadier Murray John Moten (1899-1953), Commanding Officer 17th Australian Infantry Brigade, New Guinea from 1943 to 1945
  • Bennie Moten (1894-1935), jazz musician

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Citations


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Citations



    Other References

    1. Reaney P.H and R.M. Wilson. A Dictionary of English Surnames. London: Routledge, 1991. Print. (ISBN 0-415-05737-X).
    2. Cook, Chris. English Historical Facts 1603-1688. London: MacMillan, 1980. Print.
    3. Robb H. Amanda and Andrew Chesler. Encyclopedia of American Family Names. New York: Haper Collins, 1995. Print. (ISBN 0-06-270075-8).
    4. Best, Hugh. Debrett's Texas Peerage. New York: Coward-McCann, 1983. Print. (ISBN 069811244X).
    5. Le Patourel, John. The Norman Empire. New York: Oxford University Press, 1976. Print. (ISBN 0-19-822525-3).
    6. Sanders, Joanne McRee Edition. English Settlers in Barbados 1637-1800. Baltimore: Genealogical Publishing. Print.
    7. Dunkling, Leslie. Dictionary of Surnames. Toronto: Collins, 1998. Print. (ISBN 0004720598).
    8. Crozier, William Armstrong Edition. Crozier's General Armory A Registry of American Families Entitled to Coat Armor. New York: Fox, Duffield, 1904. Print.
    9. Foster, Joseph. Dictionary of Heraldry Feudal Coats of Arms and Pedigrees. London: Bracken Books, 1989. Print. (ISBN 1-85170-309-8).
    10. Skordas, Guest. Ed. The Early Settlers of Maryland an Index to Names or Immigrants Complied from Records of Land Patents 1633-1680 in the Hall of Records Annapolis, Maryland. Baltimore: Genealogical Publishing, 1968. Print.
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    The Moten Family Crest was acquired from the Houseofnames.com archives. The Moten 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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