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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.

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The surname Bater was first found in Berkshire, where they held a family seat from ancient times.

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.


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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 and printed products wherever possible.

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Another 28 words (2 lines of text) are included under the topic Early Bater Notables in all our PDF Extended History products and printed products wherever possible.

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Many English families tired of political and religious strife left Britain for the new colonies in North Ameri ca. 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
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  • 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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    1. The Norman People and Their Existing Descendants in the British Dominions and the United States Of America. Baltimore: Genealogical Publishing, 1975. Print. (ISBN 0-8063-0636-X).
    2. Crozier, William Armstrong Edition. Crozier's General Armory A Registry of American Families Entitled to Coat Armor. New York: Fox, Duffield, 1904. Print.
    3. Marcharn, Frederick George. A Constitutional History of Modern England 1485 to the Present. London: Harper and Brothers, 1960. Print.
    4. Cook, Chris. English Historical Facts 1603-1688. London: MacMillan, 1980. Print.
    5. Reaney P.H and R.M. Wilson. A Dictionary of English Surnames. London: Routledge, 1991. Print. (ISBN 0-415-05737-X).
    6. Holt, J.C. Ed. Domesday Studies. Woodbridge: Boydell, 1987. Print. (ISBN 0-85115-477-8).
    7. Fairbairn. Fairbain's book of Crests of the Families of Great Britain and Ireland, 4th Edition 2 volumes in one. Baltimore: Heraldic Book Company, 1968. Print.
    8. Burke, Sir Bernard. Burke's Genealogical and Heraldic History of the Landed Gentry: Including American Families with British Ancestry. (2 Volumes). London: Burke Publishing, 1939. Print.
    9. Colletta, John P. They Came In Ships. Salt Lake City: Ancestry, 1993. Print.
    10. Colletta, John P. They Came In Ships. Salt Lake City: Ancestry, 1993. Print.
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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.

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