Motty is one of the names that was brought to England
in the wave of migration following the Norman Conquest
of 1066. The Motty family lived in Essex
. The name, however, descends from the family's place of residence prior to the Norman Conquest
in 1066, Mott a town in Cotes du Nord, Normandy.
Early Origins of the Motty family
The surname Motty 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
. 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 Motty family
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Motty Spelling Variations
Before the advent of the printing press and the first dictionaries, the English language was not standardized. Sound was what guided spelling in the Middle Ages, so one person's name was often recorded under several variations during a single lifetime. Spelling variations
were common, even among the names of the most literate people. Known variations of the Motty family name include Mott, Motte, Mote, De Mott, De Motte, Demott and others.
Early Notables of the Motty family (pre 1700)
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Migration of the Motty family to Ireland
Some of the Motty 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.
Migration of the Motty family to the New World and Oceana
To escape the political and religious chaos of this era, thousands of English families began to migrate to the New World in search of land and freedom from religious and political persecution. The passage was expensive and the ships were dark, crowded, and unsafe; however, those who made the voyage safely were encountered opportunities that were not available to them in their homeland. Many of the families that reached the New World at this time went on to make important contributions to the emerging nations of the United States and Canada. Research into various historical records has revealed some of first members of the Motty family to immigrate North America: 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.