The name Batha is a patronymic
surname that comes from the Welsh personal name
Atha. The original form of the surname Batha featured the distinctive Welsh
patronymic prefix "-ab," meaning "son of." The name was ab-Atha, which gradually became Batha. This surname may have also been an occupational
surname given to the keeper of a bath.
Early Origins of the Batha family
The surname Batha was first found in Denbighshire
(Welsh: Sir Ddinbych), a historic county in Northeast Wales
created by the Laws in Wales
Act 1536, where they held a family seat
from ancient times.
Early History of the Batha family
This web page shows only a small excerpt of our Batha research.Another 243 words (17 lines of text) covering the years 1391, 1574, 1586, 1590, 1598, 1616, 1622, 1683, 1752, and 1767 are included under the topic Early Batha History in all our PDF Extended History products and printed products wherever possible.
Batha Spelling Variations
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. 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 Batha has seen various spelling variations: Bather, Ap Atha, Bathar, Bathaw, Batho, Bathoe, Bayther and many more.
Early Notables of the Batha family (pre 1700)
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Migration of the Batha family to the New World and Oceana
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 Batha: Frank Bathers who arrived in Virginia in 1648.
The Batha 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: Ut vivas vigila
Motto Translation: Watch that you may live.