Motto Family History

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Motto Name Meaning

Italian: when not a masculinized form of Motta, from a shortened pet form of a personal name ending in -mo. Scottish: perhaps a habitational name from a lost place named with Middle English motte ‘fortified stronghold’ + ho(e) ‘ridge’, ‘hill’.

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

Similar surnames: Motte, Motta, Mott, Matto, Lotto, Gotto, Mont, Notte, Mato, Gitto

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Motto Family Origin

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Motto Family Occupations

What did your Motto ancestors do for a living?

In 1880, a less common occupation for the Motto family was Carpenter + Wagon Maker. The most common Motto occupation in the USA was Farmer. 25% of Motto's were Farmers. Farmer, At Home and Carpenter were the top 3 reported jobs worked by Motto.

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  • Farmer

  • At Home

  • Carpenter

  • Carpenter + Wagon Maker


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

Motto Historical Records

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Census Record

There are 5,000 census records available for the last name Motto. Like a window into their day-to-day life, Motto 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 Motto. 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 Motto. For the veterans among your Motto ancestors, military collections provide insights into where and when they served, and even physical descriptions.

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Motto Life Expectancy

What is the average Motto lifespan?

Between 1949 and 2004, in the United States, Motto life expectancy was at its lowest point in 1951, and highest in 2001. The average life expectancy for Motto in 1949 was 51, and 75 in 2004.

View Social Security Death Index (SSDI) for Motto

An unusually short lifespan might indicate that your Motto 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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