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Motz Family History

Motz Name Meaning

(also Mötz) nickname for a grubby, unkempt individual, or an obstinate one, from Swabian dialect motz ‘dirt’. variant of Mautz. short form of the personal name Matthäus (see Matthew).

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


Similar surnames: Metz, Motl, Gotz, Kotz, Mott, Notz, Matz, Hotz, Mutz, Montz

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Where is the Motz family from?

You can see how Motz families moved over time by selecting different census years. The Motz family name was found in the USA, the UK, Canada, and Scotland between 1840 and 1920. The most Motz families were found in the USA in 1880. In 1840 there were 4 Motz families living in Pennsylvania. This was about 44% of all the recorded Motz's in the USA. Pennsylvania had the highest population of Motz families in 1840.
Use census records and voter lists to see where families with the Motz surname lived. Within census records, you can often find information like name of household members, ages, birthplaces, residences, and occupations.

What did your Motz ancestors do for a living?

In 1940, Farmer and Housework were the top reported jobs for men and women in the US named Motz. 20% of Motz men worked as a Farmer and 9% of Motz women worked as a Housework. Some less common occupations for Americans named Motz were Salesman and Waitress.

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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
    20%
  • Laborer
    15%
  • Clerk
    5%
  • Salesman
    4%

Top Female Occupations in 1940

  • Housework
    9%
  • Stenographer
    7%
  • Housekeeper
    7%
  • Waitress
    7%
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Census Records

There are 12,000 census records available for the last name Motz. Like a window into their day-to-day life, Motz 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 Motz. 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 4,000 military records available for the last name Motz. For the veterans among your Motz ancestors, military collections provide insights into where and when they served, and even physical descriptions.

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What is the average Motz lifespan?

Between 1951 and 2004, in the United States, Motz life expectancy was at its lowest point in 1951, and highest in 1999. The average life expectancy for Motz in 1951 was 24, and 73 in 2004.

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