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

The Batson name is an important part of the history of the ancient Anglo-Saxon tribes of Britain. Batson is derived from the given name Bartholomew, of which it is a diminutive form.


Before the last few hundred years, the English language had no fast system of spelling rules. For that reason, spelling variations are commonly found in early Anglo-Saxon surnames. Over the years, many variations of the name Batson were recorded, including Bates, Batts, Bats, Bate, Bateson, Baits, Baites, Baytes and many more.

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


This web page shows only a small excerpt of our Batson research. Another 237 words(17 lines of text) covering the years 1200, 1877, 1625, 1699, 1608, 1668, 1700, 1682 and are included under the topic Early Batson History in all our PDF Extended History products.


Another 53 words(4 lines of text) are included under the topic Early Batson Notables in all our PDF Extended History products.


Some of the Batson family moved to Ireland, but this topic is not covered in this excerpt. Another 209 words(15 lines of text) about their life in Ireland is included in all our PDF Extended History products.


To escape oppression and starvation at that time, many English families left for the "open frontiers" of the New World with all its perceived opportunities. In droves people migrated to the many British colonies, those in North America in particular, paying high rates for passages in cramped, unsafe ships. Although many of the settlers did not make the long passage alive, those who did see the shores of North America perceived great opportunities before them. Many of the families that came from England went on to make essential contributions to the emerging nations of Canada and the United States. Research into various historical records revealed some of first members of the Batson family emigrate to North America:

Batson Settlers in the United States in the 17th Century

  • Stephen Batson, who landed in Maine in 1636
  • Edward Batson, who landed in Maryland in 1679
  • Thomas Batson, who arrived in Barbados in 1680

Batson Settlers in the United States in the 18th Century

  • Rose Batson, who arrived in North Carolina in 1701
  • Elizabeth Batson, who arrived in North Carolina in 1701
  • Abraham Batson, who arrived in North Carolina in 1701
  • Anne Batson, who arrived in Virginia in 1704

Batson Settlers in the United States in the 19th Century

  • Josiah Batson, who landed in New York in 1830
  • John Batson, who arrived in New York in 1831
  • Thomas Chew Batson, who landed in New York in 1831


  • Daniel Batson (b. 1943), American social psychologist
  • Felix Ives Batson (1819-1871), prominent American lawyer and politician
  • Captain Matthew Arlington Batson (1866-1917), United States Army Officer who received the Medal of Honor for actions during the Philippine-American War
  • Ruth M. Batson (1921-2003), American civil rights and education activist
  • Wayne Thomas Batson (b. 1968), American writer


The motto was originally a war cry or slogan. Mottoes first began to be shown with arms in the 14th and 15th centuries, but were not in general use until the 17th century. Thus the oldest coats of arms generally do not include a motto. Mottoes seldom form part of the grant of arms: Under most heraldic authorities, a motto is an optional component of the coat of arms, and can be added to or changed at will; many families have chosen not to display a motto.

Motto: Et manu et corde
Motto Translation: Both with hand and heart.


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The Batson Family Crest was acquired from the Houseofnames.com archives. The Batson 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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