Batcheldor is an ancient name dating from the times of the Anglo-Saxon
tribes of Britain. It was a name for a person who was 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 Batcheldor family
The surname Batcheldor was first found in the counties of Oxfordshire
, Cambridge, and Huntingdon
, where they held a family seat
from ancient times.
Early History of the Batcheldor family
This web page shows only a small excerpt of our Batcheldor research.Another 125 words (9 lines of text) covering the years 1296, 1572 and 1619 are included under the topic Early Batcheldor History in all our PDF Extended History products and printed products wherever possible.
Batcheldor Spelling Variations
Until the dictionary, an invention of only the last few hundred
years, the English language lacked any comprehensive system of spelling rules. Consequently, spelling variations
in names are frequently found in early Anglo-Saxon
and later Anglo-Norman documents. One person's name was often spelled several different ways over a lifetime. The recorded variations of Batcheldor include Batchelor, Bachelor, Bacheler, Batcheler, Batchellor and many more.
Early Notables of the Batcheldor 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... Another 33 words (2 lines of text) are included under the topic Early Batcheldor Notables in all our PDF Extended History products and printed products wherever possible.
Migration of the Batcheldor family to the New World and Oceana
Thousands of English families boarded ships sailing to the New World in the hope of escaping the unrest found in England
at this time. Although the search for opportunity and freedom from persecution abroad took the lives of many because of the cramped conditions and unsanitary nature of the vessels, the opportunity perceived in the growing colonies of North America beckoned. Many of the settlers who survived the journey went on to make important contributions to the transplanted cultures of their adopted countries. The Batcheldor were among these contributors, for they have been located in early North American records: Henry Batchelor, a brewer, who settled in Ipswich, Massachusetts in 1636; William Batchelor settled in Charles Town in 1634; and became a Freeman in 1644..
Suggested Readings for the name Batcheldor
- The Ancestry of the Families (including Batcheldor) in Hancock County, Ohio by Pauline Sterner.