Batenyke History, Family Crest & Coats of Arms

The saga of the Batenyke family begins among the people of the ancient tribe of the Picts. They lived in the lands of Badenoch, in Inverness.

Early Origins of the Batenyke family

The surname Batenyke 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 Batenyke family

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

Batenyke Spelling Variations

Although Medieval Scotland lacked a basic set of spelling rules, which meant that scribes recorded names according to their sounds it was not uncommon for the names of a father and son to be recorded differently. As a result, there are many spelling variations of Scottish single names. Batenyke has been written Badenach, Badenack, Badenoch, Badenock, Badinoch, Badynoch, Badyenoch, Baidenach and many more.

Early Notables of the Batenyke family (pre 1700)

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Migration of the Batenyke family

Thousands of Scots left their home country to travel to Ireland or Australia, or to cross the Atlantic for the North American colonies. The difficult crossing was an enormous hurdle, but those who survived found freedom and opportunity in ample measure. Some Scots even fought for their freedom in the American War of Independence. This century, their ancestors have become aware of the illustrious history of the Scots in North America and at home through Clan societies and other organizations. Passenger and immigration lists show many early and influential immigrants bearing the name Batenyke: John Badenack who settled in Virginia in 1690.

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