The name Batist dates back to the days of Medieval France, in the region of Normandy
. It is derived from their residence in the seigneury of Batiste, which was named after Saint Jean Baptiste.
Early Origins of the Batist family
The surname Batist was first found in Normandy
(French: Normandie), the former Duchy of Normandy
, where they held a family seat
in the Seigneurie of Batiste in the Benefice De Pardieu. Saint Jean Baptiste (St Jean le Precurseur) gave origin to the surname Baptiste.
Early History of the Batist family
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Batist Spelling Variations
There were a great number of spelling variations
in French surnames. One reason for this was the wide variety of cultural influences present in France during the early development of the French language. The many spelling variations of the name include Baptiste, Baptist, Batiste, Batist, Batis, Batie and many more.
Early Notables of the Batist family (pre 1700)
Notable amongst the family in this period was Jean Baptiste de Champaigne (1631-1681), a Flemish
Baroque painter and teacher; and Pierre Maisonnat dit Baptiste (1663-1714), a French privateer famous for the success he had against New England
merchant shipping and fishing interests, his crew was from Acadia.
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Migration of the Batist family to the New World and Oceana
In 1643, 109 years after the first landings by Cartier, there were only about 300 people in Quebec. Migration was slow. The fur trade attracted migrants, both noble and commoner. By 1675, there were 7000 French in Quebec. By the same year the French Acadian presence in the Maritimes had reached 500. The French founded Lower Canada, thus becoming one of the two great founding nations of Canada. The family name Batist has made many distinguished contributions in France and New France to the world of science, culture, religion, and education. Amongst the settlers in North America with this distinguished name Batist were
Batist Settlers in United States in the 19th Century
- William Batist, who settled in New York in 1822