Mota Family History
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 ). Spanish: habitational name from any of the 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 any of the places in Girona and Valencia.
Source: Dictionary of American Family Names ©2013, Oxford University Press