Baptist History, Family Crest & Coats of Arms
The name Baptist dates back to the days of Medieval France, in the region of Normandy. It is derived from their residence in the seigneury of Batiste, which was named after Saint Jean Baptiste.
Early Origins of the Baptist family
The surname Baptist was first found in Normandy (French: Normandie), the former Duchy of Normandy, where they held a family seat in the Seigneurie of Batiste in the Benefice De Pardieu. Saint Jean Baptiste (St Jean le Precurseur) gave origin to the surname Baptiste.
Early History of the Baptist family
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Baptist Spelling Variations
History has changed the spelling of most surnames. During the early development of the French language in the Middle Ages, a person gave his version of his name, phonetically, to a scribe, a priest, or a recorder. Some variables were adopted by different branches of the family name. Hence, there spelling variations of the name Baptist, some of which include Baptiste, Baptist, Batiste, Batist, Batis, Batie and many more.
Early Notables of the Baptist family (pre 1700)
Notable amongst the family in this period was Jean Baptiste de Champaigne (1631-1681), a Flemish Baroque painter and teacher; and Pierre Maisonnat dit Baptiste (1663-1714), a French privateer famous for the success he had against New England merchant shipping and fishing interests, his crew was from Acadia.
John Gaspars Baptist (d. 1691), was a portrait and tapestry painter, born at Antwerp...
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Baptist migration to the United States +
France was active as a cultural leader in the early 16th century. One particular area in which they lead was the exploration of the New World. The explorers, like Jacques Cartier in 1534, led the way to North America. Champlain, in 1608, made the first of twenty voyages to France to attract settlers and brought the first migrant in 1617. By 1675, there were 7000 French in Quebec, and the French Acadian presence in the Maritimes had reached 500. The French founded Lower Canada, thus becoming one of the two great founding nations of Canada. The family name Baptist has made many distinguished contributions in France and New France to the world of science, culture, religion, and education. Amongst the settlers in North America with this distinguished name Baptist were
Baptist Settlers in United States in the 18th Century
- Johan Baptist, who landed in New York in 1709 
- John Baptist, who settled in Virginia in 1774
Baptist Settlers in United States in the 19th Century
- John Baptist, who arrived in New Orleans, La in 1813 
- John Baptist, who settled in New York in 1823
- Isaac Baptist, who arrived in New York in 1823 
Contemporary Notables of the name Baptist (post 1700) +
- Thomas Baptist, American rock guitarist
- John Baptist Todd O.F.M. (1921-2017), Franciscan priest
- Johannes Baptist Kerner (b. 1964), German television sportscaster
- Walter Baptist Money (1848-1924), English clergyman and cricketer
- Johann Baptist Mehler (1860-1930), German Catholic priest, prelate
- Johann Baptist Mader, Austrian sculptor
- Johann Baptist Straub (1704-1784), German Rococo sculptor
- Giovanni Baptist Niccolini (1782-1861), Italian writer
- John Baptist Cramer (1771-1858), German pianist
Related Stories +
- ^ 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)