England in the great wave of migration following the Norman Conquest of 1066. The Motts family 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.
Early Origins of the Motts family
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.
Early History of the Motts family
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Motts Spelling Variations
hundred years ago, spelling variations of names were a common occurrence. Elements of Latin, Norman French and other languages became incorporated into English throughout the Middle Ages, and name spellings changed even among the literate. The variations of the surname Motts include Mott, Motte, Mote, De Mott, De Motte, Demott and others.
Early Notables of the Motts family (pre 1700)
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Migration of the Motts family to Ireland
Some of the Motts family moved to Ireland, but this topic is not covered in this excerpt.
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Migration of the Motts family to the New World and Oceana
In England at this time, the uncertainty of the political and religious environment of the time caused many families to board ships for distant British colonies in the hopes of finding land and opportunity, and escaping persecution. The voyages were expensive, crowded, and difficult, though, and many arrived in North America sick, starved, and destitute. Those who did make it, however, were greeted with greater opportunities and freedoms that they could have experienced at home. Many of those families went on to make important contributions to the young nations in which they settled. Early immigration records have shown some of the first Mottss to arrive on North American shores:
Motts Settlers in United States in the 17th Century
Motts Settlers in United States in the 19th Century
Contemporary Notables of the name Motts (post 1700)
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