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The present generation of the Batley family is only the most recent to bear a name that dates back to the ancient Anglo-Saxon culture of Britain. Their name comes from having lived in the West Riding of Yorkshire, in the parish of Batley.


The surname Batley was first found in Yorkshire, where they held a family seat from ancient times.

Until the dictionary, an invention of only the last few hundred years, the English language lacked any comprehensive system of spelling rules. Consequently, spelling variations in names are frequently found in early Anglo-Saxon and later Anglo-Norman documents. One person's name was often spelled several different ways over a lifetime. The recorded variations of Batley include Batley, Battelay, Bateley, Batelay, Batlee and many more.


This web page shows only a small excerpt of our Batley research. Another 561 words (40 lines of text) covering the years 1086, 1191, 1273, 1372, 1500, 1626, 1672, 1770, 1772, 1770 and 1856 are included under the topic Early Batley History in all our PDF Extended History products and printed products wherever possible.


Another 18 words (1 lines of text) are included under the topic Early Batley Notables in all our PDF Extended History products and printed products wherever possible.


Thousands of English families boarded ships sailing to the New World in the hope of escaping the unrest found in England at this time. Although the search for opportunity and freedom from persecution abroad took the lives of many because of the cramped conditions and unsanitary nature of the vessels, the opportunity perceived in the growing colonies of North America beckoned. Many of the settlers who survived the journey went on to make important contributions to the transplanted cultures of their adopted countries. The Batley were among these contributors, for they have been located in early North American records:

Batley Settlers in United States in the 17th Century

  • Christo Batley, who arrived in Virginia in 1652
  • Christopr Batley, who landed in Virginia in 1652
  • Christopher Batley who sailed to Virginia in 1652
  • Jeffry Batley, who arrived in Barbados in 1678
  • Jeffry Batley who sailed to Barbados in 1679

Batley Settlers in United States in the 18th Century

  • John Batley, who landed in New England in 1718

Batley Settlers in United States in the 19th Century

  • J Batley, who landed in San Francisco, California in 1851

Batley Settlers in Australia in the 19th Century

  • Charles Batley arrived in Adelaide, Australia aboard the ship "Jenny Lind" in 1850

  • Jamie Batley, American lacrosse coach
  • Louie Ann Batley (b. 1987), English actress
  • Claude Batley (1879-1956), English architect who spent most of his working like in India
  • Lawrence Batley (1911-2002), English entrepreneur and philanthropist
  • Robert Thompson Batley (1849-1917), New Zealand seaman, farm worker, storekeeper and sheepfarmer

Batley Historic Events

HMS Hood

  • Mr. Anthony R T Batley (b. 1920), English Lieutenant-Commander serving for the Royal Navy Volunteer Reserve from Leeds, Yorkshire, England, who sailed into battle on the HMS Hood and died on 24th May 1941 in the sinking

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    Other References

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    2. Burke, Sir Bernard. Burke's Genealogical and Heraldic History of the Landed Gentry: Including American Families with British Ancestry. (2 Volumes). London: Burke Publishing, 1939. Print.
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    5. Leeson, Francis L. Dictionary of British Peerages. Baltimore: Genealogical Publishing, 1986. Print. (ISBN 0-8063-1121-5).
    6. Markale, J. Celtic Civilization. London: Gordon & Cremonesi, 1976. Print.
    7. Zieber, Eugene. Heraldry in America. Philadelphia: Genealogical Publishing Co. Print.
    8. Bardsley, C.W. A Dictionary of English and Welsh Surnames: With Special American Instances. Wiltshire: Heraldry Today, 1901. Print. (ISBN 0-900455-44-6).
    9. Lennard, Reginald. Rural England 1086-1135 A Study of Social and Agrarian Conditions. Oxford: Clarendon Press, 1959. Print.
    10. Matthews, John. Matthews' American Armoury and Blue Book. London: John Matthews, 1911. Print.
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    The Batley Family Crest was acquired from the archives. The Batley 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 22 October 2014 at 15:26.

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