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

The name Battersby is of Anglo-Saxon origin and came from when a family lived the place named Battersby in the North Riding of Yorkshire. Battersby Township was in the parish of Ingleby Greenbow. The place-name is derived from an Old English word denoting Bothvarr's town.

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Sound was what guided spelling in the essentially pre-literate Middle Ages, so one person's name was often recorded under several variations during a single lifetime. Also, before the advent of the printing press and the first dictionaries, the English language was not standardized. Therefore, spelling variations were common, even among the names of the most literate people. Known variations of the Battersby family name include Battersby, Battersbee, Battersbie, Batterby, Batterbee and many more.

First found in Yorkshire, where they held a family seat from ancient times, long before the Norman Conquest in 1066.


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This web page shows only a small excerpt of our Battersby research. Another 75 words(5 lines of text) covering the years 160 and 1605 are included under the topic Early Battersby History in all our PDF Extended History products.

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More information is included under the topic Early Battersby Notables in all our PDF Extended History products.

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Some of the Battersby family moved to Ireland, but this topic is not covered in this excerpt. Another 59 words(4 lines of text) about their life in Ireland is included in all our PDF Extended History products.

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For political, religious, and economic reasons, thousands of English families boarded ships for Ireland, the Canadas, the America colonies, and many of smaller tropical colonies in the hope of finding better lives abroad. Although the passage on the cramped, dank ships caused many to arrive in the New World diseased and starving, those families that survived the trip often went on to make valuable contributions to those new societies to which they arrived. Early immigrants bearing the Battersby surname or a spelling variation of the name include :

Battersby Settlers in the United States in the 17th Century


  • Nicholas Battersby, who came to Maryland in 1668
  • George Battersby, who came to Antigua (Antego) in 1678
  • George Battersby, who arrived in Antigua (Antego) in 1678
  • Christopher Battersby, who came to Barbados in 1679
  • Nicholas Battersby, who landed in East New Jersey in 1690


Battersby Settlers in the United States in the 18th Century


  • Thomas Battersby, a bonded emigrant who arrived in America in 1714
  • John Battersby, who was deported to America in 1767

Battersby Settlers in the United States in the 19th Century


  • James Battersby who arrived in Philadelphia, Pennsylvania in 1846

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  • Bradley Battersby (b. 1953), American film director and screenwriter
  • Edmund Battersby, American concert pianist and Professor of Music at Indiana University
  • Tim Battersby (b. 1949), composer and performer of children's music
  • Sir Alan Rushton Battersby FRS (b. 1925), English organic chemist, who won the 1989 Wolf Prize in Chemistry and the Copley Medal in 2000
  • Tony Battersby (b. 1975), English footballer
  • Brigadier Terence Esmond Maxwell Battersby (1893-1972), English cricketer
  • Thomas Sydney Battersby (b. 1887), British Olympic freestyle swimmer
  • Lee Battersby, Australian author of science fiction, fantasy, and horror fiction
  • Roy Battersby (b. 1936), British TV director
  • Robert Battersby (1924-2002), British soldier, ling Uist, diplomat and politician

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