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Where did the English Motto family come from? What is the English Motto family crest and coat of arms? When did the Motto family first arrive in the United States? Where did the various branches of the family go? What is the Motto family history?

When the ancestors of the Motto family emigrated to England following the Norman Conquest in 1066 they brought their family name with them. They 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.

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Spelling variations in names were a common occurrence in the eras before English spelling was standardized a few hundred years ago. In the Middle Ages, even the literate regularly changed the spellings of their names as the English language incorporated elements of French, Latin, and other European languages. Many variations of the name Motto have been found, including Mott, Motte, Mote, De Mott, De Motte, Demott and others.

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.


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This web page shows only a small excerpt of our Motto research. Another 187 words(13 lines of text) covering the years 1710, 1693 and 1738 are included under the topic Early Motto History in all our PDF Extended History products.

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Another 55 words(4 lines of text) are included under the topic Early Motto Notables in all our PDF Extended History products.

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For many English families, the social climate in England was oppressive and lacked opportunity for change. For such families, the shores of Ireland, Australia, and the New World beckoned. They left their homeland at great expense in ships that were overcrowded and full of disease. Many arrived after the long voyage sick, starving, and without a penny. But even those were greeted with greater opportunity than they could have experienced back home. Numerous English settlers who arrived in the United States and Canada at this time went on to make important contributions to the developing cultures of those countries. Many of those families went on to make significant contributions to the rapidly developing colonies in which they settled. Early North American records indicate many people bearing the name Motto were among those contributors: Adam Mott, who arrived with his wife Sarah and five children in Boston in 1635; Nathaniel Mott, who arrived in New England in 1681; Peter Mott, who came to New York in 1711.

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The Motto Family Crest was acquired from the Houseofnames.com archives. The Motto 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 17 September 2013 at 13:14.

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