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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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Motta Ethnicity Estimate

What are the common regions with the Motta name?

These results combine data from everyone in the AncestryDNA® database with the last name Motta. The Ancestry® ethnicity regions shown are top five most common on average for these people.

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  • England & Wales

    22%

  • Italy

    15%

  • Portugal

    13%

  • France

    10%

  • Ireland & Scotland

    10%

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Motta Family Origin

Where is the Motta family from?

Motta Family Occupations

What did your Motta ancestors do for a living?

In 1880, the most common Motta occupation in the USA was Farmer. 33% of Motta's were Farmers. A less common occupation for the Motta family was Works Lock Factory. Farmer and Tailor were the top 2 reported jobs worked by Motta.

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  • Farmer

    33%
  • Tailor

    33%
  • Works Lock Factory

    33%

Census records can tell you a lot of little known facts about your Motta ancestors, such as occupation. Occupation can tell you about your ancestor's social and economic status.

Motta Historical Records

What Motta family records will you find?

Census Record

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 List

There are 7,000 immigration records available for the last name Motta. 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 Card

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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Motta Life Expectancy

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.

View Social Security Death Index (SSDI) for Motta

An unusually short lifespan might indicate that your Motta ancestors lived in harsh conditions. A short lifespan might also indicate health problems that were once prevalent in your family. The SSDI is a searchable database of more than 70 million names. You can find birthdates, death dates, addresses and more.

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