Motter Family History

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Motter Name Meaning

German: topographic name from Middle High German mot ‘mud’, ‘mire’ + the suffix -er denoting an inhabitant.

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

Similar surnames: Matter, Mutter, Mitter, Zotter, Rotter, Cotter, Notter, Otter, Lotter

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Motter Ethnicity Estimate

What are the common regions with the Motter name?

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

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  • England & Wales


  • Ireland & Scotland


  • Germanic Europe


  • Eastern Europe & Russia


  • Italy


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Motter Family Origin

Where is the Motter family from?

Motter Family Occupations

What did your Motter ancestors do for a living?

In 1880, a less common occupation for the Motter family was Carpenter. Farmer, Laborer and Keeping House were the top 3 reported jobs worked by Motter. The most common Motter occupation in the USA was Farmer. 38% of Motter's were Farmers.

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  • Farmer

  • Laborer

  • Keeping House

  • Carpenter


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

Motter Historical Records

What Motter family records will you find?

Census Record

There are 11,000 census records available for the last name Motter. Like a window into their day-to-day life, Motter 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 1,000 immigration records available for the last name Motter. 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 Motter. For the veterans among your Motter ancestors, military collections provide insights into where and when they served, and even physical descriptions.

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Motter Life Expectancy

What is the average Motter lifespan?

Between 1945 and 2004, in the United States, Motter life expectancy was at its lowest point in 1948, and highest in 2004. The average life expectancy for Motter in 1945 was 59, and 83 in 2004.

View Social Security Death Index (SSDI) for Motter

An unusually short lifespan might indicate that your Motter 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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