The name LaMotte is from the old French motte, meaning hillock or mound. A motte-and-bailey is a type of castle built on a fortified mound (motte) with an enclosed courtyard at its base (bailey). So the name would denote a person who lived near such a stronghold. (It is also interesting to note the connection between the words motte and bailey in relation to character names). The name Christabel means 'beautiful Christian' or 'follower of Christ'. Christabel is also the name of a poem by Samuel Taylor Coleridge.