Rota Family History
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Rota Name Meaning
Northern Italian: habitational name from any of various places named with rota ‘wheel’, in particular Rota d’Imagna in Bergamo and Rota Greca in Cosenza. Italian: from a short form of Buonarrota, Buonarroto, an omen name meaning ‘good addition’. Spanish: habitational name from a place in the province of Cádiz, so named from Latin rota ‘wheel’. Greek (Rotas): from the vocabulary word rota ‘course (of a ship)’ (from Italian rotta, French route), hence perhaps an occupational nickname for a steersman.
Source: Dictionary of American Family Names ©2013, Oxford University Press