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Moat Name Meaning

Scottish (Borders): habitational name from either of two places in Dumfriesshire called Moat, named from Middle English mote ‘moat’, ‘ditch’, originally referring to the whole system of fortifications (see Motte). In some cases it may have been a topographic name for someone who lived in or near a moated dwelling.

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


Similar surnames: Most, Mott, Mort, Mont, Monat, Moad, Motte, Mount, Hoad, Hoar

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Where is the Moat family from?

You can see how Moat families moved over time by selecting different census years. The Moat family name was found in the USA, the UK, Canada, and Scotland between 1840 and 1920. The most Moat families were found in the UK in 1891. In 1840 there were 5 Moat families living in New York. This was about 31% of all the recorded Moat's in the USA. New York had the highest population of Moat families in 1840.
Use census records and voter lists to see where families with the Moat surname lived. Within census records, you can often find information like name of household members, ages, birthplaces, residences, and occupations.

What did your Moat ancestors do for a living?

In 1940, Laborer and House Work were the top reported jobs for men and women in the US named Moat. 33% of Moat men worked as a Laborer and 37% of Moat women worked as a House Work. Some less common occupations for Americans named Moat were Clerk and Waitress.

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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 1940

  • Laborer
    33%
  • Farmer
    17%
  • Salesman
    9%
  • Clerk
    9%

Top Female Occupations in 1940

  • House Work
    37%
  • Seamstress
    28%
  • Practical Nurse
    19%
  • Waitress
    19%
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Census Records

There are 13,000 census records available for the last name Moat. Like a window into their day-to-day life, Moat 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 1,000 immigration records available for the last name Moat. Passenger lists are your ticket to knowing when your ancestors arrived in the USA, and how they made the journey - from the ship name to ports of arrival and departure.

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Draft Cards

There are 3,000 military records available for the last name Moat. For the veterans among your Moat ancestors, military collections provide insights into where and when they served, and even physical descriptions.

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What is the average Moat lifespan?

Between 1961 and 2004, in the United States, Moat life expectancy was at its lowest point in 1962, and highest in 1985. The average life expectancy for Moat in 1961 was 56, and 79 in 2004.

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