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From the land of Wales came the name of Bath. The evolution of this Celtic name can be traced back to when the Bath family lived in the settlement of Bathe Barton in North Tawton, in the county of Devon, or in the famed cathedral city of Bath in Somerset. The surname Bath belongs to the large category of Anglo-Saxon habitation names, which are derived from pre-existing names for towns, villages, parishes, or farmsteads. However, some scholars believe this surname to be a patronym derived from the Welsh personal name Atha. The original form of this name was ab-Atha, which was abbreviated to Batha, and then to Bath.
The surname Bath was first found in Somerset, and Gloucestershire where they were one of the earliest families to settle on the English/ Welsh border.
Although there are not an extremely large number Welsh surnames, there are an inordinately large number of spelling variations of those surnames. This variety of spellings began almost immediately after the acceptance of surnames within Welsh society in the 15th century. As time progressed, these old Brythonic names were eventually were recorded in English. This process was problematic in that many of the highly inflected sounds of the native language of Wales could not be properly captured in English. Some families, however, did decide to modify their own names to indicate a branch loyalty within the family, a religious adherence, or even a patriotic affiliation. The name Bath has seen various spelling variations: Bath, Bathe and others.
This web page shows only a small excerpt of our Bath research. Another 237 words (17 lines of text) covering the years 123 and 1238 are included under the topic Early Bath History in all our PDF Extended History products.
More information is included under the topic Early Bath Notables in all our PDF Extended History products.
Some of the Bath family moved to Ireland, but this topic is not covered in this excerpt. Another 47 words (3 lines of text) about their life in Ireland is included in all our PDF Extended History products.
The Welsh migration to North America in the late 19th and early 20th centuries contributed greatly to its rapid development. These migrants were in search of land, work, and freedom. Those Welsh families that survived the long ocean journey were critical to the development of new industries and factories, and to the quick settlement of land. They also added to an ever-growing rich cultural heritage. A search of the immigration and passenger lists has shown a number of people bearing the name Bath:
Bath Settlers in United States in the 17th Century
Bath Settlers in United States in the 18th Century
Bath Settlers in United States in the 19th Century
Bath Settlers in Canada in the 18th Century
Bath Settlers in Canada in the 19th Century
Bath Settlers in Australia in the 19th Century
Bath Settlers in New Zealand in the 19th Century
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: Habere et dispertire
Motto Translation: To have and to share with others.
The Bath Family Crest was acquired from the Houseofnames.com archives. The Bath 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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