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Where did the Italian Batista family come from? What is the Italian Batista family crest and coat of arms? When did the Batista family first arrive in the United States? Where did the various branches of the family go? What is the Batista family history?

The distinguished surname Batista can be traced back to the ancient and beautiful region of Sicily, which is located off Southwestern Italy and incorporates the island of Sicily itself, the area of Naples, and the southern part of the Italian peninsula. Although people were originally known only by a single name, it became necessary for people to adopt a second name to identify themselves as populations grew and travel became more frequent. The process of adopting fixed hereditary surnames was not complete until the modern era, but the use of hereditary family names in Italy began in the 10th and 11th centuries. Italian hereditary surnames were developed according to fairly general principles and they were characterized by a profusion of derivatives coined from given names. The most common type of family name found in the region of Sicily is the patronymic surname, which is derived from the father's given name. During the Middle Ages, Italians adopted the patronymic system of name-making because it perfectly complemented the prevailing Feudal System. In Italy the popularity of patronymic type of surname is also due to the fact that during the Christian era, people often named their children after saints and biblical figures. The surname Batista was derived from the name "Baptist" in devotion to St. John the Baptist.


Spelling variations of this family name include: Battista, Abbattista, Batisti, Batista, De Battista, Di Battista, Battistelli, Batistelli, Battistello, Battistella, Battistel, Battistetti, Battistini, Battistin, Battistiol, Battistotti, Battistuzzi, Battistoni, Battistone, Battiston, Battistano, Battistato, Battistat, Battistutti, Battistutta, Titta, Tittoni and many more.

First found in on the island of Corsica, just north of Sardinia, in the town of San Nicolo. The family was famous for its many soldiers, who fought to keep Corsica part of Italy.


Another 147 words(10 lines of text) are included under the topic Early Batista Notables in all our PDF Extended History products.


Some of the first settlers of this family name were:

  • Juan Batista, who sailed to America in 1513
  • Pedro Batista sailed to America in 1528
  • Juan Batista sailed to Venezuela in 1534

Batista Settlers in United States in the 19th Century

  • Juan Batista sailed to New Orleans in 1820
  • Jean Batista, aged 42, arrived in New Orleans, La in 1827
  • Pedro Batista, who landed in America in 1828
  • Juan Batista, who landed in Venezuela in 1834
  • Agustín Batista sailed to Puerto Rico in 1868


  • Candice Batista, Canadian television newscaster
  • Fulgencio Batista (1901-1973), Cuban leader overthrown by Fidel Castro in 1959
  • Miguel Batista (b. 1971), Dominican baseball player
  • Norkys Batista (b. 1977), Venezuelan actress
  • Ricardo Jorge Cecília Batista (b. 1986), Portuguese footballer
  • William Rosha Batista (b. 1980), Brazilian footballer


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  1. Rolland, and H.V. Rolland. Illustrations to the Armorial Général by J.B. Rietstap. Ramsbury: Heraldry Today, 1967. Print. (ISBN 0-0900455-209).
  2. Battilana, Natale, Ed. Genealogie Dello Famiglie Nobili di Genova. Genova: Fratelli Pagano, 1825. Print.
  3. Rietstap, Johannes Baptist. Armorial Général. Baltimore: Genealogical Publishing Co. Print.
  4. Bongioanni, Angelo. Nomi e Cognomi. Saggio di Ricerche Etimologiche e Storiche. Torino: A. Forni, 1979. Print.
  5. Bascapè, Giacomo and Marcello del Piazzo. Insegne e Simboli Araldica pubblica e privata medievale e moderna. Rome: 1983. Print.
  6. Filby, P. William and Mary K Meyer. Passenger and Immigration Lists Index in Four Volumes. Detroit: Gale Research, 1985. Print. (ISBN 0-8103-1795-8).
  7. Fucilla, Josheph G. Our Italian Surnames. Baltimore: Genealogical Publishing, 1987. Print. (ISBN 0806311878).
  8. Crozier, William Armstrong Edition. Crozier's General Armory A Registry of American Families Entitled to Coat Armor. New York: Fox, Duffield, 1904. Print.
  9. Zieber, Eugene. Heraldry in America. Philadelphia: Genealogical Publishing Co. Print.
  10. Stiens, Robert E. Passenger list Italy to New York 1893 In Italian Genealogist. Torrance, CA: Augustan Society No 3, 1983. Print.
  11. ...

The Batista Family Crest was acquired from the Houseofnames.com archives. The Batista 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.

This page was last modified on 31 May 2013 at 12:40.

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