Mota Family History

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Mota Name Meaning

Spanish and Portuguese: topographic name for someone who lived by a fortified stronghold, from mot(t)a, a borrowing from Old French motte (see Motte 1). Spanish: habitational name from places in the provinces of Cuenca and Valladolid named Mota. Catalan: topographic name from mota ‘hillock’, denoting someone who lived by a hillock. Catalan: habitational name from places in Girona and Valencia.

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

Similar surnames: Mora, Moya, Motta, Mata, Rota, Mola, Motte, Mott, Maia, Cota

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Mota Ethnicity Estimate

What are the common regions with the Mota name?

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

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  • Native American—North, Central, South


  • Spain


  • Portugal


  • England & Wales


  • Ireland & Scotland


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Mota Family Origin

Where is the Mota family from?

Mota Family Occupations

What did your Mota ancestors do for a living?

In 1880, a less common occupation for the Mota family was Picking Berries. The most common Mota occupation in the USA was Farmer. 33% of Mota's were Farmers. Farmer and Keeping House were the top 2 reported jobs worked by Mota.

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  • Farmer

  • Keeping House

  • Picking Berries


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

Mota Historical Records

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Census Record

There are 7,000 census records available for the last name Mota. Like a window into their day-to-day life, Mota 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 4,000 immigration records available for the last name Mota. Passenger lists are your ticket to knowing when your ancestors arrived in the UK, and how they made the journey - from the ship name to ports of arrival and departure.

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Draft Card

There are 951 military records available for the last name Mota. For the veterans among your Mota ancestors, military collections provide insights into where and when they served, and even physical descriptions.

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Mota Life Expectancy

What is the average Mota lifespan?

Between 1956 and 2004, in the United States, Mota life expectancy was at its lowest point in 1970, and highest in 1988. The average life expectancy for Mota in 1956 was 67, and 72 in 2004.

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An unusually short lifespan might indicate that your Mota 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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