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Motte Family History

Motte Surname Meaning

French Walloon and Flemish: topographic name from Old French motte ‘motte’ a word of Gaulish origin denoting a man-made protective mound surrounding a castle or other fortified stronghold; or a habitational name from any of the places in France and in Belgium named with this word. Compare Delamotte Demotte and Lamotte . English: variant of Mott German: habitational name from a place called Motte in the Saarland or perhaps from Motten in Bavaria.

Source: Dictionary of American Family Names 2nd edition, 2022

Similar surnames: Matte, Mott, Motta, Motto, Notte, Monte, Pott, Mette, Hotte, Porte

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Where is the Motte family from?

You can see how Motte families moved over time by selecting different census years. The Motte family name was found in the USA, the UK, Canada, and Scotland between 1840 and 1920. The most Motte families were found in USA in 1880. In 1911 there were 39 Motte families living in Quebec. This was 100% of all the recorded Motte's in Canada. Quebec had the highest population of Motte families in 1911.
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What did your Motte ancestors do for a living?

In 1921, Charretier and Housewife were the top reported jobs for men and women in the Canada named Motte. 34% of Motte men worked as a Charretier and 100% of Motte women worked as a Housewife. .

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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

  • Charretier
  • Cultivateur
  • Labourer

Top Female Occupations In 1921

  • Housewife
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Census Records

There are 8,000 census records available for the last name Motte. Like a window into their day-to-day life, Motte 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 2,000 immigration records available for the last name Motte. 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 7,000 military records available for the last name Motte. For the veterans among your Motte ancestors, military collections provide insights into where and when they served, and even physical descriptions.

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What is the average Motte lifespan?

Between 1954 and 2004, in the United States, Motte life expectancy was at its lowest point in 1979, and highest in 1987. The average life expectancy for Motte in 1954 was 49, and 70 in 2004.

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