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Where did the English Bateman family come from? What is the English Bateman family crest and coat of arms? When did the Bateman family first arrive in the United States? Where did the various branches of the family go? What is the Bateman family history?

The history of the name Bateman dates back to the ancient Anglo-Saxon culture of Britain. It is derived from a member of the family who worked as a boatman. The surname Bateman is derived from the Anglo-Saxon word bat, which means a boat. In some cases, the name is also derived from the Old English word bate, which means one who contends, but this word is most often found as the root of the name Bater.

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Only recently has spelling become standardized in the English language. As the English language evolved in the Middle Ages, the spelling of names changed also. The name Bateman has undergone many spelling variations, including Bateman, Batman, Bademan, Badman, Pateman, Padman, Pademan and many more.

First found in the county of Derbyshire in the midlands of England where it held a family seat for many centuries before the Norman Conquest of 1066 A.D. by Duke William of Normandy.


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This web page shows only a small excerpt of our Bateman research. Another 159 words(11 lines of text) covering the years 1298, 1480, 1560, 1644, 1626, 1644, 1687 and 1663 are included under the topic Early Bateman History in all our PDF Extended History products.

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Another 107 words(8 lines of text) are included under the topic Early Bateman Notables in all our PDF Extended History products.

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Some of the Bateman family moved to Ireland, but this topic is not covered in this excerpt. Another 107 words(8 lines of text) about their life in Ireland is included in all our PDF Extended History products.

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To escape the unstable social climate in England of this time, many families boarded ships for the New World with the hope of finding land, opportunity, and greater religious and political freedom. Although the voyages were expensive, crowded, and difficult, those families that arrived often found greater opportunities and freedoms than they could have experienced at home. Many of those families went on to make significant contributions to the rapidly developing colonies in which they settled. Early North American records indicate many people bearing the name Bateman were among those contributors:

Bateman Settlers in the United States in the 17th Century


  • Robert Bateman, who landed in Virginia in 1624
  • Tho Bateman, who landed in Virginia in 1635
  • Mathew Bateman, aged 20, arrived in Virginia in 1635
  • Elizabeth Bateman, aged 23, arrived in Virginia in 1635
  • Robt Bateman, who arrived in Virginia in 1637


Bateman Settlers in the United States in the 18th Century


  • Anthony Bateman, who arrived in Virginia in 1705
  • Ralph Bateman, who arrived in Charlestown, Massachusetts in 1727
  • William Bateman, who landed in Georgia in 1734
  • Henry Bateman, who landed in America in 1776

Bateman Settlers in the United States in the 19th Century


  • Joseph F Bateman, who arrived in New York, NY in 1834
  • A D Bateman, who landed in Texas in 1835
  • A L Bateman, who arrived in San Francisco, California in 1851
  • Miss Bateman, who arrived in San Francisco, California in 1860

Bateman Settlers in the United States in the 20th Century


  • Ernest George Bateman, who landed in California in 1900

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  • Victory Bateman (1865-1926), American actress
  • Justine Bateman (b. 1966), American actress
  • Kate Josephine Bateman (1842-1917), American actress
  • Father Robert James Bateman (d. 1912), aged 51, American Second Class passenger from Jacksonville, Florida who sailed aboard the RMS Titanic and died in the sinking and was recovered by CS Mackay-Bennett
  • Sir William Bateman (d. 1744), 1st Viscount Bateman, English Politician, Member of Parliament
  • Sir Geoffrey Bateman (1906-1929), British Surgeon, RAF wing commander
  • Sir Ralph Bateman (b. 1910), British executive, former president, CBI
  • Robert Bateman (b. 1930), Canadian wildlife artist, officer of the Order of Canada
  • Henry Mayo Bateman (1887-1970), Australian cartoonist


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  • Descendants of Dr. Elisha Bateman by Paul Bateman.
  • Bateman Family Genealogy and Related Lines by Harris Bateman.
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  2. Leeson, Francis L. Dictionary of British Peerages. Baltimore: Genealogical Publishing, 1986. Print. (ISBN 0-8063-1121-5).
  3. Bolton, Charles Knowles. Bolton's American Armory. Baltimore: Heraldic Book Company, 1964. Print.
  4. Dunkling, Leslie. Dictionary of Surnames. Toronto: Collins, 1998. Print. (ISBN 0004720598).
  5. Markale, J. Celtic Civilization. London: Gordon & Cremonesi, 1976. Print.
  6. Humble, Richard. The Fall of Saxon England. New York: Barnes and Noble, 1975. Print. (ISBN 0-88029-987-8).
  7. Colletta, John P. They Came In Ships. Salt Lake City: Ancestry, 1993. Print.
  8. Samuelsen, W. David. New York City Passenger List Manifests Index 1820 - 1824. North Salt Lake, Utah: Accelerated Indexing Systems International, 1986. Print.
  9. Bede, The Venerable. Historia Ecclesiatica Gentis Anglorum (The Ecclesiastical History Of the English People). Available through Internet Medieval Sourcebook the Fordham University Centre for Medieval Studies. Print.
  10. Shaw, William A. Knights of England A Complete Record from the Earliest Time to the Present Day of the Knights of all the Orders of Chivalry in England, Scotland, Ireland and Knights Bachelors 2 Volumes. Baltimore: Genealogical Publishing. Print. (ISBN 080630443X).
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The Bateman Family Crest was acquired from the Houseofnames.com archives. The Bateman Family Crest was drawn according to heraldic standards based on published blazons. We generally include the oldest published family crest once associated with each surname.

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