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Motte Family History

Motte Name Meaning

French and English: topographic name for someone who lived by a fortified stronghold, Old French, Middle English motte. The surname may also be a habitational name from any of the places in France named with this word. English: variant spelling of Mott 2. German: habitational name from Motte in the Saarland or Motten in Bavaria.

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


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 the USA in 1880. In 1840 there were 9 Motte families living in South Carolina. This was about 32% of all the recorded Motte's in the USA. South Carolina had the highest population of Motte families in 1840.
Use census records and voter lists to see where families with the Motte surname lived. Within census records, you can often find information like name of household members, ages, birthplaces, residences, and occupations.

What did your Motte ancestors do for a living?

In 1940, Farmer and Stenographer were the top reported jobs for men and women in the US named Motte. 19% of Motte men worked as a Farmer and 10% of Motte women worked as a Stenographer. Some less common occupations for Americans named Motte were Truck Driver and Saleslady.

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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

  • Farmer
    19%
  • Laborer
    13%
  • Salesman
    9%
  • Truck Driver
    7%

Top Female Occupations in 1940

  • Stenographer
    10%
  • Teacher
    9%
  • Housewife
    7%
  • Saleslady
    7%
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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 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 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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