Bateman History, Family Crest & Coats of Arms

The history of the name Bateman dates back to the ancient Anglo-Saxon culture of Britain. It is derived from a member of the family who worked as a boatman. The surname Bateman is derived from the Anglo-Saxon word bat, which means a boat. [1] In some cases, the name is also derived from the Old English word bate, which means one who contends, but this word is most often found as the root of the name Bater.

Early Origins of the Bateman family

The surname Bateman was first found in Herefordshire at Shobdon, a parish, in-the union of Leominster, hundred of Stretford. "The living is a rectory, valued in the king's books at £5. 7. 11.; net income, £764; patron, Lord Bateman. The church, which is the burial-place of the Bateman family, was partially rebuilt in 1757, by John, Viscount Bateman. The rent of several acres of land, and the proceeds of some minor benefactions, are distributed among the poor. " [2]

Old Hutton in Westmorland was another family seat. "Bleaze Hall, for several centuries the seat of the Batemans, was a large and elegant mansion, which still retains traces of its former consequence in a fine oak-wainscoted room, dated 1624." [2]

One of the first records of the family was William Bateman (1298?-1355), "Bishop of Norwich, who is also called, from his birthplace, William of Norwich. His father was one of the principal citizens of Norwich, having no less than eleven times filled the office of bailiff of the city (Norwich had no mayor till 1403), of which he sat as the representative in the parliament of 1326-1327." [3]

Early History of the Bateman family

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Bateman Spelling Variations

Only recently has spelling become standardized in the English language. As the English language evolved in the Middle Ages, the spelling of names changed also. The name Bateman has undergone many spelling variations, including Bateman, Batman, Bademan, Badman, Pateman, Padman, Pademan and many more.

Early Notables of the Bateman family (pre 1700)

Notables of this surname at this time include: William Bateman (c.1298-1355), Bishop of Norwich and founder of Trinity College, Cambridge, who was sent to Avignon, to present the English King's claim to the French throne to the Pope; Robert Bateman (1560-1644), an English merchant and politician, London City Chamberlain (1626-1644); and...
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Ireland Migration of the Bateman family to Ireland

Some of the Bateman family moved to Ireland, but this topic is not covered in this excerpt.
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United States Bateman migration to the United States +

To escape the unstable social climate in England of this time, many families boarded ships for the New World with the hope of finding land, opportunity, and greater religious and political freedom. Although the voyages were expensive, crowded, and difficult, those families that arrived often found greater opportunities and freedoms than they could have experienced at home. Many of those families went on to make significant contributions to the rapidly developing colonies in which they settled. Early North American records indicate many people bearing the name Bateman were among those contributors:

Bateman Settlers in United States in the 17th Century
  • Robert Bateman, who landed in Virginia in 1624 [4]
  • Tho Bateman, who landed in Virginia in 1635 [4]
  • Mathew Bateman, aged 20, who arrived in Virginia in 1635 [4]
  • Elizabeth Bateman, aged 23, who arrived in Virginia in 1635 [4]
  • Robert Bateman, who arrived in Virginia in 1637 [4]
  • ... (More are available in all our PDF Extended History products and printed products wherever possible.)
Bateman Settlers in United States in the 18th Century
  • Anthony Bateman, who arrived in Virginia in 1705 [4]
  • Ralph Bateman, who arrived in Charlestown, Massachusetts in 1727 [4]
  • William Bateman, who landed in Georgia in 1734 [4]
  • Henry Bateman, who landed in America in 1776 [4]
Bateman Settlers in United States in the 19th Century
  • Joseph F Bateman, who arrived in New York, NY in 1834 [4]
  • A D Bateman, who landed in Texas in 1835 [4]
  • A L Bateman, who arrived in San Francisco, California in 1851 [4]
  • Miss Bateman, who arrived in San Francisco, California in 1860 [4]
Bateman Settlers in United States in the 20th Century
  • Ernest George Bateman, who landed in California in 1900 [4]

Canada Bateman migration to Canada +

Some of the first settlers of this family name were:

Bateman Settlers in Canada in the 18th Century
  • James Bateman, who landed in Nova Scotia in 1749
  • James Bateman, who arrived in Nova Scotia in 1750
  • Hannah Maria Bateman, who arrived in Nova Scotia in 1750
  • Sarah Bateman, who landed in Nova Scotia in 1750
  • Peter Bateman, who landed in Nova Scotia in 1760
Bateman Settlers in Canada in the 19th Century
  • Miss. Mary Bateman, aged 3 who was emigrating through Grosse Isle Quarantine Station, Quebec aboard the ship "Avon" departing 19th May 1847 from Cork, Ireland; the ship arrived on 26th July 1847 but she died on board [5]
  • Mrs. Bateman, who arrived in Victoria, British Columbia in 1862
Bateman Settlers in Canada in the 20th Century
  • Mrs. Bateman, who landed in Saint John, New Brunswick in 1907
  • Miss M Bateman, who arrived in Saint John, New Brunswick in 1907

Australia Bateman migration to Australia +

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

Bateman Settlers in Australia in the 19th Century
  • Mr. William Bateman, British Convict who was convicted in Kent, England for 7 years, transported aboard the "Caledonia" on 5th July 1820, arriving in Tasmania ( Van Diemen's Land) [6]
  • Mr. Robert Bateman, English convict who was convicted in Woolwich, London, England for 7 years, transported aboard the "Caledonia" in 19th June 1822, arriving in Tasmania ( Van Diemen's Land) [7]
  • Bridget Bateman, English convict from Lancaster, who was transported aboard the "America" on December 30, 1830, settling in Van Diemen's Land, Australia [8]
  • John Bateman (1789-1855), English colonist who settled at Fremantle where he became postmaster, general store owner and investor in the Fremantle Whaling Company, eponym of Bateman, now a suburb of Perth, Western Australia [8]
  • Mr. Benjamin Bateman, British convict who was convicted in Middlesex, England for 14 years, transported aboard the "Asia" on 29th September 1831, settling in New South Wales, Australia [9]
  • ... (More are available in all our PDF Extended History products and printed products wherever possible.)

New Zealand Bateman 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:

Bateman Settlers in New Zealand in the 19th Century
  • Thomas Bateman, who landed in Bay of Islands, New Zealand in 1839
  • Mr. Bateman, British settler travelling from London and Plymouth aboard the ship "Thomas Sparks" arriving in Wellington, New Zealand on 31st January 1843, the ship stuck rocks of the coast of Cape of Good Hope delaying her landing by 2 months [10]
  • Mr. Bateman, Jr., British settler travelling from London and Plymouth aboard the ship "Thomas Sparks" arriving in Wellington, New Zealand on 31st January 1843, the ship stuck rocks of the coast of Cape of Good Hope delaying her landing by 2 months [10]
  • Mr. George Bateman, Cornish settler travelling from Launceston aboard the ship "Halcyon" arriving in New Zealand in 1851 [11]
  • Mr. Bateman, British settler travelling from London aboard the ship "Hamilla Mitchell" arriving in Auckland, New Zealand on 30th November 1853 [11]
  • ... (More are available in all our PDF Extended History products and printed products wherever possible.)

Contemporary Notables of the name Bateman (post 1700) +

  • Hezekiah Linthicum "H.L." Bateman (1812-1875), American actor and manager of the St. Louis theatre in 1855 [12]
  • Robert Bateman (1936-2016), American R&B singer, songwriter and record producer, perhaps best remembered as co-writer of the hits "Please Mr. Postman" and "If You Need Me"
  • Raymond H. "Ray" Bateman (1927-2016), American politician, President of the New Jersey Senate (1970-1972)
  • Sarah Blake Bateman (b. 1990), American-born competition swimmer who has represented Iceland
  • Paul Trevier Bateman (1919-2012), American number theorist, known for formulating the Bateman-Horn conjecture
  • Merrill Joseph Bateman (b. 1936), American general authority of The Church of Jesus Christ of Latter-day Saints (LDS Church) since 1992
  • Kate Bateman, American actress, known for A Daughter's Nightmare (2014), The Actress Diaries (2010) and Tora (2010)
  • Jason Kent Bateman (b. 1969), American Golden Globe Award winning film and television actor, know for Horrible Bosses (2011), Arrested Development (2003) and Juno (2007)
  • Charles Wilbur Bateman (b. 1930), American actor, known for his work in Santa Barbara (1984), Two Faces West (1960) and Days of Our Lives (1965)
  • Brian Bateman (b. 1973), American PGA professional golfer
  • ... (Another 22 notables are available in all our PDF Extended History products and printed products wherever possible.)

HMS Prince of Wales
  • Mr. Sidney J Bateman, British Petty Officer Cook, who sailed into battle on the HMS Prince of Wales and survived the sinking [13]
  • Mr. Clement Richard Bateman, British Lieutenant (P), who sailed into battle on the HMS Prince of Wales and survived the sinking [13]
HMS Royal Oak
  • Robert H. Bateman, British Stoker 2nd Class with the Royal Navy aboard the HMS Royal Oak when she was torpedoed by U-47 and sunk; he survived the sinking [14]
RMS Titanic
  • Father Robert James Bateman (1860-1912), aged 51, American Second Class passenger from Jacksonville, Florida who sailed aboard the RMS Titanic and died in the sinking and was recovered by CS Mackay-Bennett [15]
SS Caribou
  • Mr. Alex Bateman (b. 1895), Newfoundland crew member from Channel-Port aux Basques, Newfoundland and Labrador was travelling aboard the railway ferry "SS Caribou" when it was struck by a German submarine torpedo on 14th October 1942, the most significant sinking in Canadian waters at that time, he survived the sinking


Suggested Readings for the name Bateman +

  • 1772 "Descendants of Dr. Elisha Bateman" by Paul Bateman, "Bateman Family Genealogy and Related Lines" by Harris Bateman.

  1. ^ Lowe, Mark Anthony, Patronymica Britannica, A Dictionary of Family Names of the United Kingdom. London: John Russel Smith, 1860. Print.
  2. ^ Lewis, Samuel, A Topographical Dictionary of England. Institute of Historical Research, 1848, Print.
  3. ^ Smith, George (ed), Dictionary of National Biography. London: Smith, Elder & Co., 1885-1900. Print
  4. ^ 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)
  5. ^ Charbonneau, André, and Doris Drolet-Dubé. A Register of Deceased Persons at Sea and on Grosse Île in 1847. The Minister of Canadian Heritage, 1997. ISBN: 0-660-198/1-1997E (p. 65)
  6. ^ Convict Records Voyages to Australia (Retrieved 25th November 2020). Retrieved from https://convictrecords.com.au/ships/caledonia
  7. ^ Convict Records Voyages to Australia (Retrieved 30th November 2020). Retrieved from https://convictrecords.com.au/ships/caledonia
  8. ^ State Library of Queensland. (Retrieved 2014, November 26) America voyage to Van Diemen's Land, Australia in 1830 with 135 passengers. Retrieved from http://www.convictrecords.com.au/ships/america/1830
  9. ^ Convict Records Voyages to Australia (Retrieved 12th January 2020). Retrieved from https://convictrecords.com.au/ships/asia/1831
  10. ^ New Zealand Yesteryears Passenger Lists 1800 to 1900 (Retrieved 26th March 2019). Retrieved from http://www.yesteryears.co.nz/shipping/passlist.html
  11. ^ New Zealand Yesteryears Passenger Lists 1800 to 1900 (Retrieved 17th October 2018). Retrieved from http://www.yesteryears.co.nz/shipping/passlist.html
  12. ^ Wikisource contributors. "Dictionary of National Biography, 1885-1900." Wikisource . Wikisource , 4 Jun. 2018. Web. 6 June 2019
  13. ^ HMS Prince of Wales Crew members. (Retrieved 2014, April 9) . Retrieved from http://www.forcez-survivors.org.uk/biographies/listprincecrew.html
  14. ^ Ships hit by U-boats crew list HMS Royal Oak (08) - (Retrieved 2018 February, 9th) - retrieved from https://uboat.net/allies/merchants/crews/ship68.html
  15. ^ Titanic Passenger List - Titanic Facts. (Retrieved 2016, July 13) . Retrieved from http://www.titanicfacts.net/titanic-passenger-list.html


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