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Motta Name Meaning

Italian (mainly northern): topographic name from motta ‘fortified stronghold’, or a habitational name from any of the numerous places named with this word, as for example Motta Camastra and Motta d’Affermo in Messina, Sicily, Mottafollone in Cosenza province, Motta Montecorvino in Foggia; Motta Baluffi in Cremona, Motta di Livenza in Treviso, and Motta Visconti in Milan, etc. Portuguese: variant of Mota.

Source: Dictionary of American Family Names ©2013, Oxford University Press


Similar surnames: Mota, Motte, Motto, Cotta, Rotta, Mott, Cota, Mata, Notte, Morra

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Where is the Motta family from?

You can see how Motta families moved over time by selecting different census years. The Motta family name was found in the USA, the UK, and Canada between 1840 and 1920. The most Motta families were found in the USA in 1920. In 1911 there were 7 Motta families living in Saskatchewan. This was about 54% of all the recorded Motta's in Canada. Saskatchewan had the highest population of Motta families in 1911.
Use census records and voter lists to see where families with the Motta surname lived. Within census records, you can often find information like name of household members, ages, birthplaces, residences, and occupations.

What did your Motta ancestors do for a living?

In 1921, Laborer was the top reported job for people in the CA named Motta. 50% of Motta men worked as a Laborer.

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*We display top occupations by gender to maintain their historical accuracy during times when men and women often performed different jobs.

Top Male Occupations in 1921

  • Laborer
    50%
  • Farmer
    50%
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Census Records

There are 8,000 census records available for the last name Motta. Like a window into their day-to-day life, Motta census records can tell you where and how your ancestors worked, their level of education, veteran status, and more.

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Passenger Lists

There are 7,000 immigration records available for the last name Motta. Passenger lists are your ticket to knowing when your ancestors arrived in Canada, and how they made the journey - from the ship name to ports of arrival and departure.

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Draft Cards

There are 2,000 military records available for the last name Motta. For the veterans among your Motta ancestors, military collections provide insights into where and when they served, and even physical descriptions.

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What is the average Motta lifespan?

Between 1943 and 2004, in the United States, Motta life expectancy was at its lowest point in 1947, and highest in 2000. The average life expectancy for Motta in 1943 was 69, and 73 in 2004.

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