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Rota Name Meaning

Italian: from a short form of the personal name Buonarrota Buonarroto an omen or well-wishing name meaning ‘good addition’. Italian: from rota ‘wheel’ used as a metonymic occupational name for maker of wheels and the like or perhaps as a nickname for a short fat person. Italian (northern): habitational name from any of various places called with rota ‘wheel’ in particular Rota d'Imagna in Bergamo and Rota Greca in Cosenza. Spanish: habitational name from a place in the province of Cádiz so named from Latin rota ‘wheel’. Greek: feminine (and possibly also American shortened) form of Rotas from the vocabulary word rota ‘course (of a ship)’ (from Italian rotta French route) hence perhaps a metonymic occupational name for a steersman; or from Albanian rrotë ‘wheel’ hence perhaps a metonymic occupational name for a cart-driver.

Source: Dictionary of American Family Names 2nd edition, 2022

Similar surnames: Rotta, Rosa, Roda, Roma, Mota, Cota, Rita, Ruta, Roza, Roca

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You can see how Rota families moved over time by selecting different census years. The Rota family name was found in the USA, the UK, and Canada between 1840 and 1920. The most Rota families were found in USA in 1920. In 1840 there was 1 Rota family living in Missouri. This was 100% of all the recorded Rota's in USA. Missouri had the highest population of Rota families in 1840.
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What did your Rota ancestors do for a living?

In 1940, Laborer and New Worker were the top reported jobs for men and women in the USA named Rota. 31% of Rota men worked as a Laborer and 20% of Rota women worked as a New Worker. Some less common occupations for Americans named Rota were Painter and Finisher. .

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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

  • Laborer
  • Truck Driver
  • Salesman
  • Painter

Top Female Occupations In 1940

  • New Worker
  • Dressmaker
  • Stripper
  • Finisher
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There are 1,000 military records available for the last name Rota. For the veterans among your Rota ancestors, military collections provide insights into where and when they served, and even physical descriptions.

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What is the average Rota lifespan?

Between 1953 and 2004, in the United States, Rota life expectancy was at its lowest point in 1953, and highest in 1982. The average life expectancy for Rota in 1953 was 29, and 79 in 2004.

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