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Where did the English Bater family come from? What is the English Bater family crest and coat of arms? When did the Bater family first arrive in the United States? Where did the various branches of the family go? What is the Bater family history?

The name Bater is rooted in the ancient Anglo-Saxon culture. It is a name for someone who worked as a coppersmith or a dealer in baterie. The surname Bater is possibly derived from the Old French word bateor, meaning one who beats, a term which has been applied to a beater of cloth or fuller. The surname may also be a short form of the word orbatour, which means a beater of gold.


It is only in the last few hundred years that the English language has been standardized. For that reason, early Anglo-Saxon surnames like Bater are characterized by many spelling variations. As the English language changed and incorporated elements of other European languages, even literate people changed the spelling of their names. The variations of the name Bater include: Beater, Beeter, Beatere, Betere, Batere, Bettere and many more.

First found in Berkshire, where they held a family seat from ancient times.


This web page shows only a small excerpt of our Bater research. Another 299 words (21 lines of text) covering the years 1166, 1200, 1273, 1349, 1369, 1777, 1635 and 1710 are included under the topic Early Bater History in all our PDF Extended History products.


Another 45 words (3 lines of text) are included under the topic Early Bater Notables in all our PDF Extended History products.


Many English families tired of political and religious strife left Britain for the new colonies in North America. Although the trip itself offered no relief - conditions on the ships were extremely cramped, and many travelers arrived diseased, starving, and destitute - these immigrants believed the opportunities that awaited them were worth the risks. Once in the colonies, many of the families did indeed prosper and, in turn, made significant contributions to the culture and economies of the growing colonies. An inquiry into the early roots of North American families has revealed a number of immigrants bearing the name Bater or a variant listed above:

Bater Settlers in United States in the 17th Century

  • Charles Bater who arrived in Virgina in 1642
  • Charles Bater, who landed in Virginia in 1642

Bater Settlers in United States in the 18th Century

  • Thomas Bater sailed to America in 1772

Bater Settlers in United States in the 19th Century

  • Anna Maria Bater, who landed in Pennsylvania in 1804
  • Claus Bater, who arrived in Pennsylvania in 1804
  • Samuel Bater, who arrived in Pennsylvania in 1804
  • David Bater, who landed in Ohio in 1869


  • Arthur James Bater, English politician and farmer
  • James Bater, Adjunct Professor, department of Geography at University of Waterloo, Ontario, Canada
  • Phil Bater (b. 1955), Welsh professional football player and manager


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The Bater Family Crest was acquired from the Houseofnames.com archives. The Bater Family Crest was drawn according to heraldic standards based on published blazons. We generally include the oldest published family crest once associated with each surname.

This page was last modified on 16 September 2013 at 16:26.

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