Show ContentsBathley History, Family Crest & Coats of Arms

The origins of the Bathley name lie with England's ancient Anglo-Saxon culture. It comes from when the family lived in either Baddiley in Cheshire, near Nantwich or Badley, a parish in Norfolk. There is also a Badley in Suffolk. [1]

Early Origins of the Bathley family

The surname Bathley was first found in Essex and Suffolk, where the the Hundredorum Rolls of 1273 list the first of the family. William de Badeleye held estates in Essex and Geoffrey de Badele held estates in Suffolk at that time. [1]

Further north, Andrew Badly, was monk of Melrose, c. 1379-1380. [2]

Early History of the Bathley family

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Bathley Spelling Variations

Before the last few hundred years, the English language had no fast system of spelling rules. For that reason, spelling variations are commonly found in early Anglo-Saxon surnames. Over the years, many variations of the name Bathley were recorded, including Batley, Battelay, Bateley, Batelay, Batlee and many more.

Early Notables of the Bathley family (pre 1700)

Distinguished members of the family include Richard Badiley (fl. 1649-1656), English admiral, apparently a merchant, ship-owner, and ship-captain, whom the course of the civil war called to a more stirring life. [3] John Batteley (1646-1708), was a Kentish antiquary and Archdeacon and Prebendary of Canterbury. He was the son...
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Migration of the Bathley family

To escape oppression and starvation at that time, many English families left for the "open frontiers" of the New World with all its perceived opportunities. In droves people migrated to the many British colonies, those in North America in particular, paying high rates for passages in cramped, unsafe ships. Although many of the settlers did not make the long passage alive, those who did see the shores of North America perceived great opportunities before them. Many of the families that came from England went on to make essential contributions to the emerging nations of Canada and the United States. Research into various historical records revealed some of first members of the Bathley family emigrate to North America: Christopher Batley who sailed to Virginia in 1652 and Jeffry Batley to Barbados in 1679.

  1. Bardsley, C.W, A Dictionary of English and Welsh Surnames: With Special American Instances. Wiltshire: Heraldry Today, 1901. Print. (ISBN 0-900455-44-6)
  2. Black, George F., The Surnames of Scotland Their Origin, Meaning and History. New York: New York Public Library, 1946. Print. (ISBN 0-87104-172-3)
  3. Smith, George (ed), Dictionary of National Biography. London: Smith, Elder & Co., 1885-1900. Print on Facebook