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The surname Mottley most likely began as a nickname, for someone who wore clothes that were "motley," or varied in color. However, many surnames were taken from a place where the family lived and Motley might be one such surname, taken from Motley Hill in Rainham, Kent.
Early Origins of the Mottley family
The surname Mottley was first found in Yorkshire, where the first record of the family was Thomas de Motlawe who was listed there in the Yorkshire Poll Tax Rolls of 1379.  The surname Mottley may be a nickname, for someone who wore clothes that were "motley," or varied in color.  However, many surnames were taken from a place where the family lived and Motley might be one such surname, taken from Motley Hill in Rainham, Kent.
Important Dates for the Mottley family
This web page shows only a small excerpt of our Mottley research. Another 35 words (2 lines of text) covering the years 1379, 1525 and 1600 are included under the topic Early Mottley History in all our PDF Extended History products and printed products wherever possible.
Mottley Spelling Variations
Spelling variations of this family name include: Motley, Mottley, Motly, Motlowe, Motlawe, Mutlowe and many more.
Early Notables of the Mottley family (pre 1700)
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Migration of the Mottley family to Ireland
Some of the Mottley family moved to Ireland, but this topic is not covered in this excerpt.
Another 56 words (4 lines of text) about their life in Ireland is included in all our PDF Extended History products and printed products wherever possible.
Mottley migration to the United States
Some of the first settlers of this family name were:
Typical Mottley Emigration from the United Kingdom to North America
Mottley Settlers in United States in the 18th Century
- Thomas Mottley, who arrived in Virginia in 1701 
- Thom Mottley, who landed in Virginia in 1719 
- ^ Bardsley, C.W, A Dictionary of English and Welsh Surnames: With Special American Instances. Wiltshire: Heraldry Today, 1901. Print. (ISBN 0-900455-44-6)
- ^ Lowe, Mark Anthony, Patronymica Britannica, A Dictionary of Family Names of the United Kingdom. London: John Russel Smith, 1860. Print.
- ^ Filby, P. William, Meyer, Mary K., Passenger and immigration lists index : a guide to published arrival records of about 500,000 passengers who came to the United States and Canada in the seventeenth, eighteenth, and nineteenth centuries. 1982-1985 Cumulated Supplements in Four Volumes Detroit, Mich. : Gale Research Co., 1985, Print (ISBN 0-8103-1795-8)