Bathe History, Family Crest & Coats of Arms

From the land of Wales came the name of Bathe. The evolution of this Celtic name can be traced back to when the Bathe 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 Bathe 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. [1]

Early Origins of the Bathe family

The surname Bathe was first found in Somerset, and Gloucestershire where they were one of the earliest families to settle on the English/Welsh border.

The Hundredorum Rolls of 1273 listed Job de Bath in Sussex, while Kirby's Quest listed John de Bathe, Somerset, 1 Edward III; and John atte Bathe, Somerset, 1 Edward III (during the first year's reign of King Edward III.) [2]

Henry de Bathe or Bathonia (d. 1261), was an English judge, "said to have been a younger brother of Walter de Bathe, and to have been born at the family seat, Bathe House, North Tawton, Devon." [3]

Let's take a moment to explore Henry de Bath(e)'s life in more detail: "The barton of Bath is associated with a notable piece of folklore. It was the name, place, and seat of the family of Bath, De Bath, or Bathon a house sometime of much note. Of this stock was Sir Henry Bath, Justice Itinerant to Henry III., who was charged with corruption in his office, and respecting whom Henry is said to have declared at his trial, ' Whosoever shall kill Henry de Bath shall be quit of his death, and I do hereby acquit him.' However, Bath was fortunate enough not only to be taken into favour again, but to be made Chief Justice of the King's Bench. He died in 1261. The point of folklore raised is not unique, which makes it the more curious. " [4]

Early History of the Bathe family

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Bathe Spelling Variations

The Welsh have an extremely large amount of spelling variations of their native surnames to their credit. The earliest explanation for the preponderance of spelling variations is that when Welsh surnames were in Welsh and accordingly were difficult to translate into English. It was therefore up to the priest or the scribe taking the official records to determine how the spoken name was to be made literal. As time progressed, the old Brythonic names of Wales were recorded in English, which was especially problematic since the English language had extreme difficulty recording the highly inflected sounds of Cymraeg. Spelling variations were, however, also carried out according to an individual's design: a branch loyalty within the family, a religious adherence, or even patriotic affiliations could be indicated by spelling variations of one's name. The spelling variations of the name Bathe have included Bath, Bathe and others.

Early Notables of the Bathe family (pre 1700)

Prominent amongst the family during the late Middle Ages was Henry Bath of Alltyfering, High Sheriff of Glamorgan; John Bathe, High Sheriff of London (1350-1351); and John Bathe (died 1409), English politician, Member...
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Ireland Migration of the Bathe family to Ireland

Some of the Bathe family moved to Ireland, but this topic is not covered in this excerpt.
Another 354 words (25 lines of text) about their life in Ireland is included in all our PDF Extended History products and printed products wherever possible.

United States Bathe migration to the United States +

During the latter half of the 19th and the beginning of the 20th century, the people of Wales journeyed to North America to find a new life. They made major contributions to the arts, industry and commerce of both Canada and the United States, and added a rich cultural heritage to their newly adopted societies. A look at the immigration and passenger lists has shown a number of people bearing the name Bathe:

Bathe Settlers in United States in the 17th Century
  • Peter Bathe, who landed in Maryland in 1658 [5]
  • Christopher Bathe, who landed in Maryland in 1661 [5]
  • Fernando Bathe, who arrived in Maryland in 1683 [5]
Bathe Settlers in United States in the 18th Century
  • Adam Bathe, who arrived in Charlestown, Massachusetts in 1716 [5]
  • John Bathe, who arrived in America in 1796 [5]
Bathe Settlers in United States in the 19th Century
  • Jose Bathe, who arrived in Puerto Rico in 1803 [5]
  • Elizabeth Bathe, who landed in New York, NY in 1837 [5]
  • Francisco Bathe, who arrived in Puerto Rico in 1884 [5]

Australia Bathe migration to Australia +

Emigration to Australia followed the First Fleets of convicts, tradespeople and early settlers. Early immigrants include:

Bathe Settlers in Australia in the 19th Century
  • Thomas Bathe, who arrived in Adelaide, Australia aboard the ship "Pestonjee Bomanjee" in 1851 [6]

West Indies Bathe migration to West Indies +

The British first settled the British West Indies around 1604. They made many attempts but failed in some to establish settlements on the Islands including Saint Lucia and Grenada. By 1627 they had managed to establish settlements on St. Kitts (St. Christopher) and Barbados, but by 1641 the Spanish had moved in and destroyed some of these including those at Providence Island. The British continued to expand the settlements including setting the First Federation in the British West Indies by 1674; some of the islands include Barbados, Bermuda, Cayman Island, Turks and Caicos, Jamaica and Belize then known as British Honduras. By the 1960's many of the islands became independent after the West Indies Federation which existed from 1958 to 1962 failed due to internal political conflicts. After this a number of Eastern Caribbean islands formed a free association. [7]
Bathe Settlers in West Indies in the 17th Century
  • John Bathe, who settled in Barbados in 1635

Contemporary Notables of the name Bathe (post 1700) +

  • Ryan Michelle Bathe (b. 1976), American Screen Actors Guild Award nominated film and television actress, known for One for the Money (2012), Good Fences (2003) and Leaving Barstow (2008)
  • William David "Bill" Bathe (b. 1960), American former Major League Baseball catcher who played from 1986 to 1990
  • Walter Bathe (1892-1959), German two-time gold medalist breaststroke swimmer at the 1912 Summer Olympics
  • Francis Leonard Bathe (b. 1954), retired Canadian professional NHL ice hockey defenceman who played from 1974 to 1984

HMS Cornwall
  • Eric Julian Bathe, British Midshipman aboard the HMS Cornwall when she was struck by air bombers and sunk; he survived the sinking [8]

The Bathe 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: Habere et dispertire
Motto Translation: To have and to share with others.

  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. ^ Dickinson, F.H., Kirby's Quest for Somerset of 16th of Edward the 3rd London: Harrison and Sons, Printers in Ordinary to Her Majesty, St, Martin's Lane, 1889. Print.
  3. ^ Smith, George (ed), Dictionary of National Biography. London: Smith, Elder & Co., 1885-1900. Print
  4. ^ Worth, R.N., A History of Devonshire London: Elliot Stock, 62, Paternoster Row, E.G., 1895. Digital
  5. ^ Filby, P. William, Meyer, Mary K., Passenger and immigration lists index : a guide to published arrival records of about 500,000 passengers who came to the United States and Canada in the seventeenth, eighteenth, and nineteenth centuries. 1982-1985 Cumulated Supplements in Four Volumes Detroit, Mich. : Gale Research Co., 1985, Print (ISBN 0-8103-1795-8)
  6. ^ State Records of South Australia. (Retrieved 2010, November 5) PESTONJEE BOMANJEE 1851. Retrieved
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  8. ^ Force Z Survivors Crew List HMS Cornwall (Retrieved 2018, February 13th) - Retrieved from on Facebook
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