Last name origins & meanings:
- French and English: topographic name for someone who lived by a
fortified stronghold, Old French, Middle English motte. The
surname may also be a habitational name from any of the places in
France named with this word.
- English: variant spelling of
- German: habitational name from Motte in the
Saarland or Motten in Bavaria.
- The settlement that became the city of Detroit was founded in 1701
by Antoine de la Mothe, Sieur de Cadillac (1658–1730), governor of
LA. He was born into the minor nobility in Gascony, France, where his father
owned the seigneury of Cadillac.
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