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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. [1]

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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, at Battersby, a township, in the parish of Ingleby Greenhow, W. division of the liberty of Langbaurgh. “This was an ancient demesne of the crown, and according to the Domesday Survey was called Badresbi” [2]


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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 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 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 United States in the 19th Century


  • James Battersby who arrived in Philadelphia, Pennsylvania in 1846

Battersby Settlers in Australia in the 19th Century


  • Henry William Battersby arrived in Adelaide, Australia aboard the ship "Prince George" in 1838
  • John Battersby arrived in Adelaide, Australia aboard the ship "Prince George" in 1838
  • Sarah Elizabeth Battersby arrived in Adelaide, Australia aboard the ship "Prince George" in 1838
  • Thomas Battersby arrived in Adelaide, Australia aboard the ship "Prince George" in 1838
  • Christina Battersby arrived in Adelaide, Australia aboard the ship "Prince George" in 1838


Battersby Settlers in New Zealand in the 19th Century


  • James Battersby arrived in Wellington, New Zealand aboard the ship "Wyvern" in 1856
  • George Battersby, aged 16, a labourer, arrived in Lyttelton, New Zealand aboard the ship "Siberia" in 1870
  • Thomas Battersby, aged 32, a weaver, arrived in Wellington, New Zealand aboard the ship "Hudson" in 1879
  • James Battersby, aged 19, a painter, arrived in Wellington, New Zealand aboard the ship "Hudson" in 1879
  • Thomas Battersby arrived in Auckland, New Zealand aboard the ship "Triumph" in 1883


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  • Ashley Battersby (b. 1988), American professional freestyle skier, winner of the slopestyle in the 2008 U.S. Open, slopestyle in the 2010 Aspen Open, and an X-Games medalist in 2010
  • Edmund Battersby, American concert pianist and Professor of Music at Indiana University
  • Bradley Battersby (b. 1953), American film director and screenwriter
  • Mr. James Johnson Battersby, English 1st Class Passenger from Stockport, England, who sailed aboard the RMS Lusitania and survived the sinking
  • Tony Battersby (b. 1975), English football striker for for Wisbech Town
  • Tim Battersby (b. 1949), English composer and performer of children's music, member of The Battersby Duo which has received three Parents' Choice Awards and an American Cable Emmy
  • Brigadier Terence Esmond Maxwell Battersby (1893-1972), English cricketer and British Army officer
  • Sir Alan Rushton Battersby FRS (b. 1925), English organic chemist, who won the 1989 Wolf Prize in Chemistry and the Copley Medal in 2000
  • David Arthur Battersby (b. 1954), Australian academic, foundation Vice-Chancellor and President of Federation University, Australia
  • Mr. William Battersby, British Boy Telegraphist, who sailed in to battle on the HMS Prince of Wales and survived the sinking

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  1. ^ Mills, A.D., Dictionary of English Place-Names. Oxford: Oxford University Press, 1991. Print. (ISBN 0-19-869156-4)
  2. ^ Lowe, Mark Anthony, Patronymica Britannica, A Dictionary of Family Names of the United Kingdom. London: John Russel Smith, 1860. Print.

Other References

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  2. Robb H. Amanda and Andrew Chesler. Encyclopedia of American Family Names. New York: Haper Collins, 1995. Print. (ISBN 0-06-270075-8).
  3. Hanks, Patricia and Flavia Hodges. A Dictionary of Surnames. Oxford: Oxford University Press, 1988. Print. (ISBN 0-19-211592-8).
  4. Bradford, William. History of Plymouth Plantation 1620-1647 Edited by Samuel Eliot Morrison 2 Volumes. New York: Russell and Russell, 1968. Print.
  5. Egle, William Henry. Pennsylvania Genealogies Scotch-Irish and German. Harrisburg: L.S. Hart, 1886. Print.
  6. Thirsk, Joan. The Agrarian History of England and Wales. Cambridge: Cambridge University Press: 7 Volumes. Print.
  7. Crozier, William Armstrong Edition. Crozier's General Armory A Registry of American Families Entitled to Coat Armor. New York: Fox, Duffield, 1904. Print.
  8. Weis, Frederick Lewis, Walter Lee Sheppard and David Faris. Ancestral Roots of Sixty Colonists Who Came to New England Between 1623 and 1650 7th Edition. Baltimore: Genealogical Publishing, 1992. Print. (ISBN 0806313676).
  9. Passenger Lists of Vessels Arriving at Galveston Texas 1896-1951. National Archives Washington DC. Print.
  10. Le Patourel, John. The Norman Empire. New York: Oxford University Press, 1976. Print. (ISBN 0-19-822525-3).
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