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The surname Motta was derived from the word Italian word motta, which is a rising up of the land or a large heap of stones, debris, and sand, like those found in areas of Southern Italy.

Motta Early Origins



The surname Motta was first found in Calabria, known to many people as located at "the tip of the Italian boot." Records of the name are found in the 12th century, when Carlo di Mottola was a Baron and was Lord of Mottola, near Otranto.

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Motta Spelling Variations


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Motta Spelling Variations



Italian surnames have a surprising number of forms in comparison with other European surnames because they reflect the regional variations and the many dialects of the Italian language, each of which has its distinctive features. For example, in Northern Italy the most standard Italian surname suffix is "I", whereas in Southern Italy the most typical surname suffix is "O". Sardinian is very different from other forms of Italian and in fact, it is considered to be its own distinct language. Additionally, spelling changes frequently occurred because medieval scribes, church officials, and the bearers of names, spelled names as they sounded rather than according to any specific spelling rules. As a consequence of the major changes in the Italian language and in the local spellings of Italian surnames that occurred over the course of history, there are numerous variations for the surname Motta. These spelling variations include Motta, La Motta, Moti, Mota, Mottino, Motino and many more.

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Motta Early History


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Motta Early History



This web page shows only a small excerpt of our Motta research. More information is included under the topic Early Motta History in all our PDF Extended History products and printed products wherever possible.

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Motta Early Notables (pre 1700)


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Motta Early Notables (pre 1700)



Prominent among bearers of this surname in early times was the Mottola family in Calabria, who were Lords of many feudal territories during the 16th century. With the Amato feud...

Another 30 words (2 lines of text) are included under the topic Early Motta 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



A search of the immigration and passenger lists has shown a number of people bearing the name Motta: Peter Motino, who arrived in Mississippi in 1820 at the age of 25.

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Contemporary Notables of the name Motta (post 1700)


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Contemporary Notables of the name Motta (post 1700)



  • Dick Motta (b. 1931), American former NBA basketball coach
  • Simone Motta (b. 1977), Italian footballer
  • Marco Motta (b. 1986), Italian Olympic footballer
  • Gianni Motta (b. 1943), Italian former bicycle racer, winner of the 1966 Giro d'Italia
  • Angelo Motta (1890-1957), Italian businessman and politician
  • Thiago Motta (b. 1982), Brazilian footballer
  • Giuseppe Motta (1871-1940), Swiss politician, President of the League of Nations 1924 to 1925
  • Ed Motta (b. 1971), Brazilian Grammy award-nominated musician
  • Cassio Motta (b. 1960), Brazilian former professional tennis player, winner of the French Open in 1982

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Citations


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Citations



    Other References

    1. Samuelsen, W. David. New York City Passenger List Manifests Index 1820 - 1824. North Salt Lake, Utah: Accelerated Indexing Systems International, 1986. Print.
    2. Rolland, and H.V. Rolland. Illustrations to the Armorial Général by J.B. Rietstap. Ramsbury: Heraldry Today, 1967. Print. (ISBN 0-0900455-209).
    3. Glazier, Ira A. and P. Williams Filby Edition. Italians to America. Lanham, MD: Rowman & Littlefield. Print.
    4. Colletta, John P. They Came In Ships. Salt Lake City: Ancestry, 1993. Print.
    5. Bentley, Elizabeth P. Passenger Arrivals at the Port of New York 1820-1829. Baltimore, Maryland: Genealogical Publishing Co., 1999. Print.
    6. Fucilla, Josheph G. Our Italian Surnames. Baltimore: Genealogical Publishing, 1987. Print. (ISBN 0806311878).
    7. Rasmussen, Louis J. . San Francisco Ship Passenger Lists 4 Volumes Colma, California 1965 Reprint. Baltimore: Genealogical Publishing Co., 1978. Print.
    8. Filby, P. William and Mary K Meyer. Passenger and Immigration Lists Index in Four Volumes. Detroit: Gale Research, 1985. Print. (ISBN 0-8103-1795-8).
    9. Stiens, Robert E. Passenger list Italy to New York 1893 In Italian Genealogist. Torrance, CA: Augustan Society No 3, 1983. Print.
    10. Zieber, Eugene. Heraldry in America. Philadelphia: Genealogical Publishing Co. Print.
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    The Motta Family Crest was acquired from the Houseofnames.com archives. The Motta 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 2 October 2016 at 18:59.

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