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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. Moate (Irish: An Móta) is a town in County Westmeath, Ireland. In this case the town's name was derived from the term "motte-and-bailey," an early Norman fortification with a wooden or stone keep. The Norman earthwork is still visible behind the buildings on the main street.

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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 210 words (15 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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Moten In Ireland


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Moten In Ireland



Some of the Moten family moved to Ireland, but this topic is not covered in this excerpt. Another 74 words (5 lines of text) about their life in Ireland is included 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 [1]CITATION[CLOSE]
    The Political Graveyard: Alphabetical Name Index. (Retrieved 2016, January 8) . Retrieved from http://politicalgraveyard.com/alpha/index.html
  • Brigadier Murray John Moten (1899-1953), Commanding Officer 17th Australian Infantry Brigade, New Guinea from 1943 to 1945 [2]CITATION[CLOSE]
    Generals of World War II. (Retrieved 2011, August 30) Murray Moten. Retrieved from http://generals.dk/general/Moten/Murray_John/Australia.html
  • Bennie Moten (1894-1935), jazz musician

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Citations


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  1. ^ The Political Graveyard: Alphabetical Name Index. (Retrieved 2016, January 8) . Retrieved from http://politicalgraveyard.com/alpha/index.html
  2. ^ Generals of World War II. (Retrieved 2011, August 30) Murray Moten. Retrieved from http://generals.dk/general/Moten/Murray_John/Australia.html

Other References

  1. Shirley, Evelyn Philip. Noble and Gentle Men of England Or Notes Touching The Arms and Descendants of the Ancient Knightley and Gentle Houses of England Arranged in their Respective Counties 3rd Edition. Westminster: John Bowyer Nichols and Sons, 1866. Print.
  2. 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.
  3. Burke, John Bernard Ed. The Roll of Battle Abbey. Baltimore: Genealogical Publishing. Print.
  4. Crozier, William Armstrong Edition. Crozier's General Armory A Registry of American Families Entitled to Coat Armor. New York: Fox, Duffield, 1904. Print.
  5. Shaw, William A. Knights of England A Complete Record from the Earliest Time to the Present Day of the Knights of all the Orders of Chivalry in England, Scotland, Ireland and Knights Bachelors 2 Volumes. Baltimore: Genealogical Publishing. Print. (ISBN 080630443X).
  6. Best, Hugh. Debrett's Texas Peerage. New York: Coward-McCann, 1983. Print. (ISBN 069811244X).
  7. Chadwick, Nora Kershaw and J.X.W.P Corcoran. The Celts. London: Penguin, 1790. Print. (ISBN 0140212116).
  8. Bardsley, C.W. A Dictionary of English and Welsh Surnames: With Special American Instances. Wiltshire: Heraldry Today, 1901. Print. (ISBN 0-900455-44-6).
  9. Weis, Frederick Lewis, Walter Lee Sheppard and David Faris. Ancestral Roots of Sixty Colonists Who Came to New England Between 1623 and 1650 7th Edition. Baltimore: Genealogical Publishing, 1992. Print. (ISBN 0806313676).
  10. 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).
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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 1 February 2017 at 08:14.

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