Baits History, Family Crest & Coats of Arms
Baits is a name that dates far back into the mists of early British history to the days of the Anglo-Saxon tribes. It is derived from the given name Bartholomew, of which it is a diminutive form.
Early Origins of the Baits family
The surname Baits was first found in Yorkshire, where they held a family seat from ancient times, long before the Norman Conquest in 1066. One of the first notables of the family was Henry Bate or Hendrik Baten (of Mechelen or of Malines) (1246- c.1310) a Flemish philosopher, theologian, astronomer, astrologer, poet, and musician.
Early History of the Baits family
This web page shows only a small excerpt of our Baits research. Another 119 words (8 lines of text) covering the years 1200, 1877, 1429, 1415, 1625, 1699, 1608, 1668, 1626, 1580, 1620, 1599, 1700, 1682 and are included under the topic Early Baits History in all our PDF Extended History products and printed products wherever possible.
Baits Spelling Variations
It is only in the last few hundred years that the English language has been standardized. For that reason, early Anglo-Saxon surnames like Baits are characterized by many spelling variations. As the English language changed and incorporated elements of other European languages, even literate people changed the spelling of their names. The variations of the name Baits include: Bates, Batts, Bats, Bate, Bateson, Baits, Baites, Baytes and many more.
Early Notables of the Baits family (pre 1700)
Notables of this surname at this time include: John Bate (died 1429), an English or Welsh theologian and philosopher. He is thought to have been born west of the River Severn, but was probably brought up in the Carmelite monastery at York. He was ordained sub-deacon and deacon in March and May 1415 by Clifford, Bishop of London. 
William Bates (1625-1699) was an English Presbyterian minister from London, Royal Chaplain to Charles II; and George...
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Migration of the Baits family to Ireland
Some of the Baits family moved to Ireland, but this topic is not covered in this excerpt.
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Migration of the Baits family
Many English families tired of political and religious strife left Britain for the new colonies in North America. Although the trip itself offered no relief - conditions on the ships were extremely cramped, and many travelers arrived diseased, starving, and destitute - these immigrants believed the opportunities that awaited them were worth the risks. Once in the colonies, many of the families did indeed prosper and, in turn, made significant contributions to the culture and economies of the growing colonies. An inquiry into the early roots of North American families has revealed a number of immigrants bearing the name Baits or a variant listed above: Alice Bate who settled in New England in 1635; Clement Bate settled in Hingham, Massachusetts in 1630; John Bate settled in Virginia in 1621; Lettecia and William Bate settled in Barbados in 1680.
Contemporary Notables of the name Baits (post 1700) +
- Vera Burridge Baits (1892-1963), American Republican politician, Member of University of Michigan Board of Regents, 1943-57 
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The Baits Motto +
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.
- ^ Smith, George (ed), Dictionary of National Biography. London: Smith, Elder & Co., 1885-1900. Print
- ^ The Political Graveyard: Alphabetical Name Index. (Retrieved 2016, February 19) . Retrieved from http://politicalgraveyard.com/alpha/index.html