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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.


The surname Batista was 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.

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.


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


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  8. Crozier, William Armstrong Edition. Crozier's General Armory A Registry of American Families Entitled to Coat Armor. New York: Fox, Duffield, 1904. Print.
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  10. Colletta, John P. They Came In Ships. Salt Lake City: Ancestry, 1993. Print.
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The Batista Family Crest was acquired from the 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.

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