Moth


Moth
This interesting surname is of Old French origin, introduced into England after the Norman Conquest. The name derives from the Old French, Middle English "mote", a moat, ditch or fortified stronghold, and was originally given as a topographical name to one who resided by such a fortification, or as a locational name to someone from any of the places in France named with this word. The surname is first recorded in the latter half of the 13th Century (see below) and can also be found as Mott, Motte, Mote and Mothe. Hugo Mott is noted in the Poll Tax Returns of Yorkshire (1379). Recordings of the surname from London Church Registers include: the marriage of Richard Moth and Betteris Back on January 25th 1562 at St. Peter's, Cornhill; the marriage of Arnold Moth and Maude Wilding on June 12th 1564 at St. Lawrence Pountney; and the christening of Robert, son of Rychard Moth, on February 4th 1569 at St. Nicholas', Cole Abbey. The first recorded spelling of the family name is shown to be that of William Moth, which was dated 1273, in the "Hundred Rolls of Norfolk", during the reign of King Edward 1, known as "The Hammer of the Scots", 1272 - 1307. Surnames became necessary when governments introduced personal taxation. In England this was known as Poll Tax. Throughout the centuries, surnames in every country have continued to "develop" often leading to astonishing variants of the original spelling.

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  • Moth — Moth, n.; pl. {Moths} (m[o^]thz). [OE. mothe, AS. mo[eth][eth]e; akin to D. mot, G. motte, Icel. motti, and prob. to E. mad an earthworm. Cf. {Mad}, n., {Mawk}.] 1. (Zo[ o]l.) Any nocturnal lepidopterous insect, or any not included among the… …   The Collaborative International Dictionary of English

  • moth|y — «MTH ee, MOTH », adjective, moth|i|er, moth|i|est. infested by moths; moth eaten …   Useful english dictionary

  • Moth — ist der Name von Sophie Amalie Moth (1654−1719), Mätresse des dänisch norwegischen König Christian V. Franz Xaver Moth (1802 1879), böhmischer Mathematiker. Siehe auch: International Moth Class Diese Seite ist eine …   Deutsch Wikipedia

  • MOTH — (Heb. עָשׁ, ash and סָס, sas; AV, JPS – worm ), insect said to eat and destroy clothes (Isa. 51:8; cf. 50:9; Job 13:28). The word ash is also used as a synonym for disintegration and   destruction (Hos. 5:12; Ps. 39:12). These names refer to the… …   Encyclopedia of Judaism

  • moth — [ mɔθ ] noun count a flying insect like a BUTTERFLY that flies mostly at night. The young form of some types of moth eat cloth: Protect your rug from damage by moths. like a moth to a candle flame used for emphasizing how much someone is… …   Usage of the words and phrases in modern English

  • moth — [môth] n. pl. moths [môthz, môths] [ME motthe < OE moththe, akin to Ger motte < IE base * math , gnawing vermin] 1. any of various families of chiefly night flying lepidopteran insects, similar to the butterflies but generally smaller, less …   English World dictionary

  • Moth — (m[o^]th), n. A mote. [Obs.] Shak. [1913 Webster] …   The Collaborative International Dictionary of English

  • moth — (n.) O.E. moððe (Northumbrian mohðe), common Germanic (Cf. O.N. motti, M.Du. motte, Du. mot, Ger. Motte moth ), perhaps related to O.E. maða maggot, or from the root of MIDGE (Cf. midge) (q.v.). Until 16c. used mostly of the larva and usually in… …   Etymology dictionary

  • moth|er-to-be — «MUHTH uhr tu BEE», noun, plural moth|ers to be. an expectant mother …   Useful english dictionary

  • moth|er — moth|er1 «MUHTH uhr», noun, verb, adjective. –n. 1. a woman who has given birth to a child: »The mother and father were very proud of their new baby. 2. a female parent: »The puppies have lost their mother. 3. Figurative. the cause or source of… …   Useful english dictionary

  • moth — [mɔθ US mo:θ] n [: Old English; Origin: moththe] an insect related to the ↑butterfly that flies mainly at night and is attracted to lights. Some moths eat holes in cloth …   Dictionary of contemporary English


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