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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.

Motto Early Origins



The surname Motto 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, Ireland. 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.

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Motto Spelling Variations


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Motto Spelling Variations



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.

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Motto Early History


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Motto Early History



This web page shows only a small excerpt of our Motto research. Another 210 words (15 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 and printed products wherever possible.

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Motto Early Notables (pre 1700)


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Motto Early Notables (pre 1700)



Another 35 words (2 lines of text) are included under the topic Early Motto Notables in all our PDF Extended History products and printed products wherever possible.

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Motto In Ireland


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Motto In Ireland



Some of the Motto 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.

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The Great Migration



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:

Motto Settlers in United States in the 20th Century

  • Dennis Motto, who arrived in New York in 1919 aboard the ship "Eastern Star" from Genoa, Italy [1]CITATION[CLOSE]
    "New York Passenger Arrival Lists (Ellis Island), 1892-1924," database, FamilySearch (https://familysearch.org/ark:/61903/1:1:J6WN-92P : 6 December 2014), Dennis Motto, 24 Oct 1919; citing departure port Genoa, Italy, arrival port New York, ship name Eastern Star, NARA microfilm publication T715 and M237 (Washington D.C.: National Archives and Records Administration, n.d.).
  • Manuel Motto, aged 22, who arrived in New York in 1920 aboard the ship "Lake Crystal" from Nuevitas, Cuba [2]CITATION[CLOSE]
    "New York Passenger Arrival Lists (Ellis Island), 1892-1924," database, FamilySearch (https://familysearch.org/ark:/61903/1:1:J6CY-T66 : 6 December 2014), Manuel Motto, 20 Mar 1920; citing departure port Nuevitas, Cuba, arrival port New York, ship name Lake Crystal, NARA microfilm publication T715 and M237 (Washington D.C.: National Archives and Records Administration, n.d.).

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  1. ^ "New York Passenger Arrival Lists (Ellis Island), 1892-1924," database, FamilySearch (https://familysearch.org/ark:/61903/1:1:J6WN-92P : 6 December 2014), Dennis Motto, 24 Oct 1919; citing departure port Genoa, Italy, arrival port New York, ship name Eastern Star, NARA microfilm publication T715 and M237 (Washington D.C.: National Archives and Records Administration, n.d.).
  2. ^ "New York Passenger Arrival Lists (Ellis Island), 1892-1924," database, FamilySearch (https://familysearch.org/ark:/61903/1:1:J6CY-T66 : 6 December 2014), Manuel Motto, 20 Mar 1920; citing departure port Nuevitas, Cuba, arrival port New York, ship name Lake Crystal, NARA microfilm publication T715 and M237 (Washington D.C.: National Archives and Records Administration, n.d.).

Other References

  1. MacAulay, Thomas Babington. History of England from the Accession of James the Second 4 volumes. New York: Harper and Brothers, 1879. Print.
  2. Hanks, Patricia and Flavia Hodges. A Dictionary of Surnames. Oxford: Oxford University Press, 1988. Print. (ISBN 0-19-211592-8).
  3. Magnusson, Magnus. Chambers Biographical Dictionary 5th edition. Edinburgh: W & R Chambers, 1990. Print.
  4. Robb H. Amanda and Andrew Chesler. Encyclopedia of American Family Names. New York: Haper Collins, 1995. Print. (ISBN 0-06-270075-8).
  5. Colletta, John P. They Came In Ships. Salt Lake City: Ancestry, 1993. Print.
  6. Ingram, Rev. James. Translator Anglo-Saxon Chronicle 1823. Print.
  7. Skordas, Guest. Ed. The Early Settlers of Maryland an Index to Names or Immigrants Complied from Records of Land Patents 1633-1680 in the Hall of Records Annapolis, Maryland. Baltimore: Genealogical Publishing, 1968. 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. Passenger Lists of Vessels Arriving at Galveston Texas 1896-1951. National Archives Washington DC. Print.
  10. Bradford, William. History of Plymouth Plantation 1620-1647 Edited by Samuel Eliot Morrison 2 Volumes. New York: Russell and Russell, 1968. Print.
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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.

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