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Where did the English Bator family come from? When did the Bator family first arrive in the United States? Where did the various branches of the family go? What is the Bator family history?

The name Bator is rooted in the ancient Anglo-Saxon culture. It was a name for someone who was a coppersmith or a dealer in baterie. The surname Bator is possibly derived from the Old French word bateor, meaning one who beats, a term which has been applied to a beater of cloth or fuller. The surname may also be a short form of the word orbatour, which means a beater of gold.

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Bator has been spelled many different ways, including Before English spelling became standardized over the last few hundred years, spelling variations in names were a common occurrence. As the English language changed in the Middle Ages, absorbing pieces of Latin and French, as well as other languages, the spelling of people's names also changed considerably, even over a single lifetime. Beater, Beeter, Beatere, Betere, Batere, Bettere and many more.

First found in Berkshire, where they held a family seat from ancient times.


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This web page shows only a small excerpt of our Bator research. Another 299 words(21 lines of text) covering the years 1166, 1200, 1273, 1349, 1369, 1777, 1635 and 1710 are included under the topic Early Bator History in all our PDF Extended History products.

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Another 45 words(3 lines of text) are included under the topic Early Bator Notables in all our PDF Extended History products.

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In an attempt to escape the chaos experienced in England, many English families boarded overcrowded and diseased ships sailing for the shores of North America and other British colonies. Those families hardy enough, and lucky enough, to make the passage intact were rewarded with land and a social environment less prone to religious and political persecution. Many of these families became important contributors to the young colonies in which they settled. Early immigration and passenger lists have documented some of the first Bators to arrive on North American shores: Charles Bater who arrived in Virgina in 1642. Thomas Bater sailed to America in 1772.

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