Mota Family History
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Mota Name Meaning
Spanish and Portuguese: topographic name for someone who lived by a fortified stronghold, from mot(t)a, a borrowing from Old French motte (see Motte 1). Spanish: habitational name from places in the provinces of Cuenca and Valladolid named Mota. Catalan: topographic name from mota ‘hillock’, denoting someone who lived by a hillock. Catalan: habitational name from places in Girona and Valencia.
Source: Dictionary of American Family Names ©2013, Oxford University Press