Batts History, Family Crest & Coats of Arms

The surname Batts is of nickname derivation. Further research revealed that the name is derived from the Old German word batz, meaning mound or pile. Colloquially, it referred to a mound of gold, and eventually came to be used to refer the coins of gold of which the pile was made. A broad and miscellaneous class of surnames, nickname surnames could refer either directly or indirectly to a characteristic of the first person who used the name. They can describe the bearer's favored style of clothing, appearance, habits, or character.

Early Origins of the Batts family

The surname Batts was first found in Swabia, where the name was anciently associated with the tribal conflicts of the area. They declared allegiances to many nobles and princes of early history, lending their influence in struggles for power and status within the region. They branched into many houses, and their contributions were sought by many leaders in their search for power. Chronicles first mention Cuntz Batze of the village Waiblingen just outside Stuttgart in the year 1350. Originally the word Batz meant a mound or pile, as in "a mound of gold," but later it came to mean the coins themselves. Some sources suggest the family came out of Brittany in France around 1307, and after the Reformation turned protestant and moved into Sweden where they took on the variation Battus. Carl von Batz (b.1769,) was the first to take on again the ancient name Batz.

Important Dates for the Batts family

This web page shows only a small excerpt of our Batts research. Another 122 words (9 lines of text) covering the years 1769, 1830, 1833, and 1838 are included under the topic Early Batts History in all our PDF Extended History products and printed products wherever possible.

Batts Spelling Variations

Spelling variations of this family name include: Batz, Batsz, Batzz, Batts, Battz, Battze and many more.

Early Notables of the Batts family (pre 1700)

Notables with the surname Batts during this period were Carl von Batz (b.1769), the Swedish-Pomeranian advisor at the parliament at Regensburg, who was the first to take...
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Batts migration to the United States

Some of the first settlers of this family name were:

Batts Settlers in United States in the 17th Century
  • Dorothy Batts, who settled in Virginia in 1634
  • Henry Batts, who landed in Virginia in 1639 [1]
  • Joseph Batts, who landed in Virginia in 1639 [1]
  • William Batts, who landed in Virginia in 1639 [1]
  • Mary Batts, who arrived in Virginia in 1650 [1]
  • ... (More are available in all our PDF Extended History products and printed products wherever possible.)
Batts Settlers in United States in the 19th Century
  • Richard Batts, who arrived in New York, NY in 1851 [1]

Batts migration to Australia

Emigration to Australia followed the First Fleets of convicts, tradespeople and early settlers. Early immigrants include:

Batts Settlers in Australia in the 19th Century
  • William Batts, aged 36, who arrived in South Australia in 1854 aboard the ship "Star Queen" [2]

Contemporary Notables of the name Batts (post 1700)

  • Deborah A. Batts (1947-2020), United States District Judge of the United States District Court for the Southern District of New York
  • Matt Batts (b. 1921), American professional Major League baseball player
  • Robert Lynn Batts (1864-1935), American judge
  • Lloyd Batts (b. 1951), retired American NBA basketball player
  • Carlos Batts, American photographer, filmmaker, and curator


  1. ^ Filby, P. William, Meyer, Mary K., Passenger and immigration lists index : a guide to published arrival records of about 500,000 passengers who came to the United States and Canada in the seventeenth, eighteenth, and nineteenth centuries. 1982-1985 Cumulated Supplements in Four Volumes Detroit, Mich. : Gale Research Co., 1985, Print (ISBN 0-8103-1795-8)
  2. ^ South Australian Register Monday 1st January 1855. (Retrieved 2010, November 5) Star Queen 1854. Retrieved
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