Show ContentsBatchelder History, Family Crest & Coats of Arms

The ancient history of the name Batchelder dates back to the days of the Anglo-Saxon tribes of Britain. It was a name given to a knight, who in the exercise of chivalry has won his spurs, but hopes to be elected into some order. However, the nickname batchelor has remained somewhat of a puzzle to etymologists because it implied a sense of partial achievement of a desired goal rather than having a concrete origin. For example, a Bachelor of Arts is a person who has achieved a certain scholastic honor, but who also aspired to a higher degree of master or doctorate. A bachelor in common life was a person who had attained the age of manhood, but had not fulfilled the social relation of entering into matrimony.

Early Origins of the Batchelder family

The surname Batchelder was first found in the counties of Oxfordshire, Cambridge, and Huntingdon, where they held a family seat from ancient times.

Early History of the Batchelder family

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Batchelder Spelling Variations

Until quite recently, the English language has lacked a definite system of spelling rules. Consequently, Anglo-Saxon surnames are characterized by a multitude of spelling variations. Changes in Anglo-Saxon names were influenced by the evolution of the English language, as it incorporated elements of French, Latin, and other languages. Although Medieval scribes and church officials recorded names as they sounded, so it is common to find one person referred to by several different spellings of his surname, even the most literate people varied the spelling of their own names. Variations of the name Batchelder include Batchelor, Bachelor, Bacheler, Batcheler, Batchellor and many more.

Early Notables of the Batchelder family (pre 1700)

Notables of this surname at this time include: Daniel Bacheler, also spelt Bachiler, Batchiler or Batchelar, (1572-1619) who was an English lutenist and composer. He was born in Aston Clinton, Buckinghamshire and worked for...
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Batchelder Ranking

In the United States, the name Batchelder is the 5,464th most popular surname with an estimated 4,974 people with that name. [1]

United States Batchelder migration to the United States +

Searching for a better life, many English families migrated to British colonies. Unfortunately, the majority of them traveled under extremely harsh conditions: overcrowding on the ships caused the majority of the immigrants to arrive diseased, famished, and destitute from the long journey across the ocean. For those families that arrived safely, modest prosperity was attainable, and many went on to make invaluable contributions to the development of the cultures of the new colonies. Research into the origins of individual families in North America revealed records of the immigration of a number of people bearing the name Batchelder or a variant listed above:

Batchelder Settlers in United States in the 17th Century
  • Stephen Batchelder, who landed in Boston, Massachusetts in 1632 [2]
  • John Batchelder, who landed in Salem, Massachusetts in 1637 [2]
  • Joseph Batchelder, who landed in Salem, Massachusetts in 1637 [2]
  • Nathaniel Batchelder, who landed in Hampton, NH in 1664 [2]
  • Thomas Batchelder, aged 12, who arrived in Virginia in 1678 [2]
Batchelder Settlers in United States in the 18th Century
  • Samuel Batchelder, who arrived in Massachusetts in 1731 [2]
Batchelder Settlers in United States in the 19th Century
  • J M Batchelder, who arrived in San Francisco, California in 1851 [2]

Contemporary Notables of the name Batchelder (post 1700) +

  • William G. Batchelder III (1942-2022), American politician, 101st Speaker of the Ohio House of Representatives (2011-2014), Member of the Ohio House of Representatives (2007-2014)
  • Brigadier General Richard Napoleon Batchelder (1832-1901), United States Army Officer, the 18th Quartermaster General of the United States Army, recipient of Medal of Honor in 1891
  • James Kendrick Batchelder (1842-1925), American lawyer and politician who served five terms in the Vermont House of Representatives
  • Joseph "Joe" Laws Batchelder (b. 1938), American sailor who competed at the 1964 Summer Olympics
  • James Batchelder (1830-1854), American law officer, the second United States Marshal to be killed in the line of duty
  • Alice Moore Batchelder (b. 1944), American attorney and jurist
  • Joseph Edward "Joe" Batchelder (1898-1989), American Major League Baseball relief pitcher who played from 1923 through 1925 for the Boston Braves
  • Warren Batchelder (1917-2007), American master animator, recipient of the Animation Guild Golden Award in 1987
  • Mildred L. Batchelder (1901-1998), American librarian, named in “100 of the most important leaders we had in the 20th century” by American Libraries, eponym of the Mildred L. Batchelder Award for outstanding children's books
  • Charles Foster Batchelder (1856-1954), American ornithologist and naturalist
  • ... (Another 2 notables are available in all our PDF Extended History products and printed products wherever possible.)

Suggested Readings for the name Batchelder +

  • The Batchelor-Williams Families and Related Lines by Lyle Kieth Williams.

  1. "What are the 5,000 Most Common Last Names in the U.S.?".,
  2. 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) on Facebook