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It is likely that the surname Motz is occupational in origin, being derived from the Middle High German word "Mutze" which denotes a type of white bread. In this case then the original bearer of the name may have been a baker. Alternatively, the surname may have originated in a nickname derived from a physical attribute or character trait. The Middle High German word "mutzen " has the meaning to decorate, as with a smile. The surname Motz, with the suffix "-bach" may also be locative, having been derived from a geographical feature, probably near the residence of the original bearer. "Mutzenbach" can mean dirty stream, and so the term "Mutzenbacher" denotes someone who lives by the dirty stream.

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Spelling variations of this family name include: Mutz, Mutschen, Motschenbacher, Motzenberg, Motzenbacher, Motschenberg, Mutzenbecher, Mishler, Mitschler, Mischler, Muttschler, Muschler and many more.

First found in Baden, where a Wernher Mutzhart was recorded in Esslingen in 1366. The name was anciently associated with the tribal conflicts of the area. They declared allegiances to many nobles and princes of early history, lending their influence in struggles for power and status within the region. They branched into many houses, and their contributions were sought by many leaders in their search for power.


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This web page shows only a small excerpt of our Motz research. Another 134 words (10 lines of text) covering the years 1691, 1780, 1866, and 1875 are included under the topic Early Motz History in all our PDF Extended History products.

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Another 41 words (3 lines of text) are included under the topic Early Motz Notables in all our PDF Extended History products.

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Some of the first settlers of this family name were:

Motz Settlers in United States in the 18th Century


  • Hans Georg Motz, who landed in Pennsylvania in 1728
  • Jacob Motz, who landed in Pennsylvania in 1748

Motz Settlers in United States in the 19th Century


  • Peter Motz, aged 38, arrived in Missouri in 1839
  • Henry Motz, aged 28, arrived in Missouri in 1840
  • M Motz, aged 22, arrived in Baltimore, Maryland in 1847
  • Frederick Motz, who landed in Allegany (Allegheny) County, Pennsylvania in 1849
  • Marx Motz, who landed in Allegany (Allegheny) County, Pennsylvania in 1852


Motz Settlers in Canada in the 18th Century


  • Agnesa Motz, who arrived in Nova Scotia in 1757
  • Anna Motz, who landed in Nova Scotia in 1757
  • Barbara Motz, who arrived in Nova Scotia in 1757
  • George Motz, who arrived in Nova Scotia in 1757

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  • Frank H. Motz (1869-1944), American in Major League Baseball third baseman who played from 1890 to 1894 for the Philadelphia Phillies and the Cincinnati Reds
  • Lotte Motz (1922-1997), born Lotte Edlis, was an Austrian-born, American scholar who specialized in the field of Germanic mythology and folklore
  • Lloyd Motz (1909-2004), American astronomer, founder of the Phi Beta Kappa chapter at Columbia's School of General Studies
  • J. Frederick Motz (b. 1942), American jurist, Senior Judge of the United States District Court for the District of Maryland (2010-), Judge of the United States District Court for the District of Maryland (1985-2010)
  • Diana Jane Gribbon Motz (b. 1943), née Gribbon, American jurist, Judge of the United States Court of Appeals for the Fourth Circuit (1994-), husband of J. Frederick Motz
  • Walter Motz (b. 1909), German silver medalist cross country in the 4 x 10 km at the 1934 FIS Nordic World Ski Championships
  • Richard Charles Motz (1940-2007), New Zealand cricketer who played 32 Test matches for the New Zealand cricket team between 1961 and 1969, inducted to the New Zealand Sports Hall of Fame in 1997
  • Roger Jean Henri Motz (1904-1964), Belgian liberal and politician, President of the Liberal International (1952-1958)


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  6. Schenk, Trudy. Wuerttemberg Emigration Index Volume I-VIII. Salt Lake City: Ancestry Inc., 1986. Print.
  7. Jones, George F. The Germans of Colonial Georgia 1733-1783 Revised edition. Baltimore: Genealogical Publishing, 1986. Print. (ISBN 0806311614).
  8. Götze, Alfred. Familiennamen im badischen Oberland. Heidelberg: C. Winter, 1918. Print.
  9. Samuelsen, W. David. New York City Passenger List Manifests Index 1820 - 1824. North Salt Lake, Utah: Accelerated Indexing Systems International, 1986. Print.
  10. Kneschke, Dr. Ernest Heinrich. Neues allgemeines Deutsches Adels-Lexicon 9 Volumes New General German Aristocracy Lexicon. Leipzig: Friedrich Voigt, 1859. Print.
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The Motz Family Crest was acquired from the Houseofnames.com archives. The Motz 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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