Batchelor History, Family Crest & Coats of Arms

The origins of the Batchelor surname date back to the time of the Anglo-Saxon tribes of Britain. It comes from an early member of the family 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 Batchelor family

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

Early History of the Batchelor family

This web page shows only a small excerpt of our Batchelor research. Another 63 words (4 lines of text) covering the years 1296, 1572 and 1619 are included under the topic Early Batchelor History in all our PDF Extended History products and printed products wherever possible.

Batchelor Spelling Variations

The first dictionaries that appeared in the last few hundred years did much to standardize the English language. Before that time, spelling variations in names were a common occurrence. The language was changing, incorporating pieces of other languages, and the spelling of names changed with it. Batchelor has been spelled many different ways, including Batchelor, Bachelor, Bacheler, Batcheler, Batchellor and many more.

Early Notables of the Batchelor 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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United States Batchelor migration to the United States +

Thousands of English families in this era began to emigrate the New World in search of land and freedom from religious and political persecution. Although the passage was expensive and the ships were dark, crowded, and unsafe, those who made the voyage safely were rewarded with opportunities unavailable to them in their homeland. Research into passenger and immigration lists has revealed some of the very first Batchelors to arrive in North America:

Batchelor Settlers in United States in the 17th Century
  • Stephen Batchelor, who arrived in Boston, Massachusetts in 1632 [1]
  • John Batchelor, who arrived in Dedham, Massachusetts in 1635 [1]
  • Henry Batchelor, a brewer, who settled in Ipswich, Massachusetts in 1636
  • Joseph Batchelor, who arrived in Salem, Massachusetts in 1638 [1]
  • William Batchelor, who settled in Charles Town in 1634 and became a Freeman in 1644
  • ... (More are available in all our PDF Extended History products and printed products wherever possible.)
Batchelor Settlers in United States in the 19th Century
  • A Batchelor, who landed in San Francisco, California in 1851 [1]
  • Charles Batchelor, aged 11, who landed in New York, NY in 1855 [1]
  • Julia Batchelor, aged 3, who landed in New York, NY in 1855 [1]

Canada Batchelor migration to Canada +

Some of the first settlers of this family name were:

Batchelor Settlers in Canada in the 18th Century
  • William Batchelor, who arrived in Nova Scotia in 1749
Batchelor Settlers in Canada in the 19th Century
  • B Batchelor, who arrived in Montreal in 1832

Australia Batchelor migration to Australia +

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

Batchelor Settlers in Australia in the 19th Century
  • Jane Batchelor, aged 27, a servant, who arrived in South Australia in 1849 aboard the ship "Harry Lorrequer" [2]
  • Martha Batchelor, aged 29, a servant, who arrived in South Australia in 1849 aboard the ship "Harry Lorrequer" [2]
  • C. James Batchelor, who arrived in Adelaide, Australia aboard the ship "Cromwell" in 1849 [3]
  • Jane Batchelor, who arrived in Adelaide, Australia aboard the ship "Harry Lorrequer" in 1849 [2]
  • Martha Batchelor, who arrived in Adelaide, Australia aboard the ship "Harry Lorrequer" in 1849 [2]
  • ... (More are available in all our PDF Extended History products and printed products wherever possible.)

New Zealand Batchelor migration to New Zealand +

Emigration to New Zealand followed in the footsteps of the European explorers, such as Captain Cook (1769-70): first came sealers, whalers, missionaries, and traders. By 1838, the British New Zealand Company had begun buying land from the Maori tribes, and selling it to settlers, and, after the Treaty of Waitangi in 1840, many British families set out on the arduous six month journey from Britain to Aotearoa to start a new life. Early immigrants include:

Batchelor Settlers in New Zealand in the 19th Century
  • Uriah Batchelor, aged 32, a carpenter, who arrived in Nelson, New Zealand aboard the ship "London" in 1842
  • Lean Batchelor, aged 33, who arrived in Nelson, New Zealand aboard the ship "London" in 1842
  • George Batchelor, aged 13, who arrived in Nelson, New Zealand aboard the ship "London" in 1842
  • Jane Batchelor, aged 11, who arrived in Nelson, New Zealand aboard the ship "London" in 1842
  • Thomas Batchelor, aged 9, who arrived in Nelson, New Zealand aboard the ship "London" in 1842
  • ... (More are available in all our PDF Extended History products and printed products wherever possible.)

Contemporary Notables of the name Batchelor (post 1700) +

  • Charles Batchelor (1845-1910), American (English born) inventor, laboratory assistant and business partner of Edison
  • John Batchelor (b. 1950), American journalist and broadcaster
  • Joy Batchelor (1914-1991), English television director, producer, writer, art director and animator
  • George Batchelor (1920-2000), Australian, Professor of Applied Mathematics in the University of Cambridge
  • Lee Batchelor (1865-1911), Australian politician

HMAS Sydney II
  • Mr. William George Batchelor (1905-1941), Australian Warrant Engineer from Sassafras, Victoria, Australia, who sailed into battle aboard HMAS Sydney II and died in the sinking [4]
HMS Hood
  • Mr. Arthur R Batchelor (b. 1922), English Yeoman of Signals serving for the Royal Navy from Born Madras, India, who sailed into battle and died in the sinking [5]
HMS Prince of Wales
  • Mr. Frank Batchelor, British Able Bodied Seaman, who sailed into battle on the HMS Prince of Wales and survived the sinking [6]


  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. ^ State Records of South Australia. (Retrieved 2010, November 5) HARRY LORREQUER 1849. Retrieved from http://www.slsa.sa.gov.au/BSA/1849HarryLorrequer.htm
  3. ^ State Records of South Australia. (Retrieved 2010, November 5) CROMWELL 1849. Retrieved from http://www.slsa.sa.gov.au/BSA/1849Cromwell.htm
  4. ^ HMAS Sydney II, Finding Sydney Foundation - Roll of Honour. (Retrieved 2014, April 24) . Retrieved from http://www.findingsydney.com/roll.asp
  5. ^ H.M.S. Hood Association-Battle Cruiser Hood: Crew Information - H.M.S. Hood Rolls of Honour, Men Lost in the Sinking of H.M.S. Hood, 24th May 1941. (Retrieved 2016, July 15) . Retrieved from http://www.hmshood.com/crew/memorial/roh_24may41.htm
  6. ^ HMS Prince of Wales Crew members. (Retrieved 2014, April 9) . Retrieved from http://www.forcez-survivors.org.uk/biographies/listprincecrew.html


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