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
in 1066, Mott a town in Cotes du Nord, Normandy.
Early Origins of the Moten family
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
. 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.
Early History of the Moten family
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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.
Early Notables of the Moten family (pre 1700)
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Migration of the Moten family to 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.
Migration of the Moten family to the New World and Oceana
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
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
Contemporary Notables of the name Moten (post 1700)
- William Doyle Moten, American Republican politician, Candidate in primary for Michigan State Senate 2nd District, 1944 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 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