The name Mowte arrived in England
after the Norman Conquest
of 1066. The Mowte 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 Mowte family
The surname Mowte 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 Mowte family
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Mowte Spelling Variations
Anglo-Norman names are characterized by a multitude of spelling variations
. When the Normans
became the ruling people of England
in the 11th century, they introduced a new language into a society where the main languages of Old and later Middle English had no definite spelling rules. These languages were more often spoken than written, so they blended freely with one another. Contributing to this mixing of tongues was the fact that medieval scribes spelled words according to sound, ensuring that a person's name would appear differently in nearly every document in which it was recorded. The name has been spelled Mott, Motte, Mote, De Mott, De Motte, Demott and others.
Early Notables of the Mowte family (pre 1700)
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Migration of the Mowte family to Ireland
Some of the Mowte 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 Mowte family to the New World and Oceana
For many English families, the political and religious disarray that plagued their homeland made the frontiers of the New World an attractive prospect. Thousands migrated, aboard cramped disease-ridden ships. They arrived sick, poor, and hungry, but were welcomed in many cases with far greater opportunity than at home in England
. Many of these hardy settlers went on to make important contributions to the emerging nations in which they landed. Among early immigrants bearing the name Mowte or a variant listed above were: 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.