The Batgate surname is thought to derive from a place name in West Lothian
Early Origins of the Batgate family
The surname Batgate was first found in West Lothian
, at Bathgate a town 5 miles (8 km) west of Livingston. People have lived in the area since about 3500 BC. The town was confirmed in a charter by King Malcolm IV of Scotland
(1141-1165) and has been listed as Bathchet (1160), Bathket (1250) and Bathgetum (1316) and later in the 15th century as both Bathgat and Bathcat.
Early History of the Batgate family
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Batgate Spelling Variations
of this family name include: Bathgate, Batgate, Baggat, Baggate, Bathgat, Bathget and many more.
Early Notables of the Batgate family (pre 1700)
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Migration of the Batgate family to the New World and Oceana
Some of the first settlers of this family name or some of its variants were: Adam Bathgate who settled in Virginia in 1693; Jane Baggat settled in Barbados in 1679.
The Batgate Motto
The motto was originally a war cry or slogan. Mottoes first began to be shown with arms in the 14th and 15th centuries, but were not in general use until the 17th century. Thus the oldest coats of arms generally do not include a motto. Mottoes seldom form part of the grant of arms: Under most heraldic authorities, a motto is an optional component of the coat of arms, and can be added to or changed at will; many families have chosen not to display a motto.
Motto: Vive ut vivas
Motto Translation: Live that you may live for ever