Show ContentsMottino History, Family Crest & Coats of Arms

The surname Mottino 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.

Early Origins of the Mottino family

The surname Mottino 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.

Early History of the Mottino family

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Mottino Spelling Variations

Italian surnames come in far more variations than the names of most other nationalities. Regional traditions and dialects are a decisive factor in this characteristic. For example, northern names tend to end in "o", while southern in "i". Also important, but not unique to Italy, was the fact that before dictionaries and the printing press most scribes simply spelled words according to their sounds. The predictable result was an enormous number of spelling variations. The recorded spellings of Mottino include Motta, La Motta, Moti, Mota, Mottino, Motino and many more.

Early Notables of the Mottino family (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...
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Migration of the Mottino family

An examination of many early immigration records reveals that people bearing the name Mottino arrived in North America very early: Peter Motino, who arrived in Mississippi in 1820 at the age of 25.

Contemporary Notables of the name Mottino (post 1700) +

  • Francesco Mottino, Italian opera singer, voice teacher, drama teacher, librettist, and writer of the late 1800s on Facebook