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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


Similar surnames: Mora, Moya, Motta, Mata, Rota, Mola, Motte, Mott, Maia, Cota

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Where is the Mota family from?

You can see how Mota families moved over time by selecting different census years. The Mota family name was found in the USA, the UK, and Canada between 1880 and 1920. The most Mota families were found in the USA in 1920. In 1880 there were 13 Mota families living in Michigan. This was about 65% of all the recorded Mota's in the USA. Michigan had the highest population of Mota families in 1880.
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What did your Mota ancestors do for a living?

In 1940, Laborer and Laborer were the top reported jobs for men and women in the US named Mota. 52% of Mota men worked as a Laborer and 29% of Mota women worked as a Laborer. Some less common occupations for Americans named Mota were Salesman and Seamstress.

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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
    52%
  • Farm Laborer
    9%
  • Labor
    7%
  • Salesman
    7%

Top Female Occupations in 1940

  • Laborer
    29%
  • Operator
    15%
  • New Worker
    15%
  • Seamstress
    15%
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Census Records

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Passenger Lists

There are 4,000 immigration records available for the last name Mota. 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 951 military records available for the last name Mota. For the veterans among your Mota ancestors, military collections provide insights into where and when they served, and even physical descriptions.

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What is the average Mota lifespan?

Between 1956 and 2004, in the United States, Mota life expectancy was at its lowest point in 1970, and highest in 1988. The average life expectancy for Mota in 1956 was 67, and 72 in 2004.

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