Batenake History, Family Crest & Coats of Arms

The ancestors of the Batenake family were part of an ancient Scottish tribe called the Picts. They lived in the lands of Badenoch, in Inverness.

Early Origins of the Batenake family

The surname Batenake was first found in Inverness-shire (Gaelic: Siorrachd Inbhir Nis) divided between the present day Scottish Council Areas of Highland and Western Isles, and consisting of a large northern mainland area and various island areas off the west coast, the shire was anciently both a Pictish and Norwegian stronghold. The Lord of Badenoch was a magnate who ruled the lordship of Badenoch in the 13th century and early 14th century. It is generally believed that lordship was created out of the territory of the Meic Uilleim, after William Comyn, jure uxoris Earl of Buchan, Justiciar of Scotia and Warden of Moray who defeated Gille Escoib MacUilleim. After the death of John III Comyn, Lord of Badenoch (d. 1306), the lordship was taken into royal hands.

Important Dates for the Batenake family

This web page shows only a small excerpt of our Batenake research. Another 84 words (6 lines of text) covering the years 1454, 1460 and 1521 are included under the topic Early Batenake History in all our PDF Extended History products and printed products wherever possible.

Batenake Spelling Variations

In medieval Scotland, names were more often spelled according to sound than any regular set of rules. An enormous number of spelling variations were the result. Over the years, the name Batenake has been spelled Badenach, Badenack, Badenoch, Badenock, Badinoch, Badynoch, Badyenoch, Baidenach and many more.

Early Notables of the Batenake family (pre 1700)

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Migration of the Batenake family

In such difficult times, Ireland, Australia, and North America looked like better homes for many Scots. The trips were expensive and grueling, but also rewarding, as the colonies were havens for those unwelcome in the old country. That legacy did not die easily, though, and many were forced to fight for their freedom in the American War of Independence. The Scottish legacy has resurface in more recent times, though, through Clan societies, highland games, and other organizations. Immigration and passenger lists have shown many early immigrants bearing the old Scottish name of Batenake: John Badenack who settled in Virginia in 1690.

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