Show ContentsBatley History, Family Crest & Coats of Arms

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 either Baddiley in Cheshire, near Nantwich or Badley, a parish in Norfolk. There is also a Badley in Suffolk. [1]

Early Origins of the Batley family

The surname Batley 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 Batley family

This web page shows only a small excerpt of our Batley research. Another 281 words (20 lines of text) covering the years 1086, 1191, 1273, 1372, 1500, 1626, 1672, 1770, 1772, 1649, 1656, 1646, 1708, 1648, 1704, 1648, 1770 and 1856 are included under the topic Early Batley History in all our PDF Extended History products and printed products wherever possible.

Batley Spelling Variations

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.

Early Notables of the Batley 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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United States Batley migration to the United States +

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
  • Christopher Batley, who sailed to Virginia in 1652
  • Christo Batley, who arrived in Virginia in 1652 [4]
  • Christopr Batley, who landed in Virginia in 1652 [4]
Batley Settlers in United States in the 18th Century
  • John Batley, who landed in New England in 1718 [4]
Batley Settlers in United States in the 19th Century
  • J Batley, who landed in San Francisco, California in 1851 [4]

Australia Batley migration to Australia +

Emigration to Australia followed the First Fleets of convicts, tradespeople and early settlers. Early immigrants include:

Batley Settlers in Australia in the 19th Century
  • Mr. Edward Batley (Spink), British Convict who was convicted in Suffolk, England for 7 years, transported aboard the "Asia" on 5th November 1835, arriving in Tasmania (Van Diemen's Land)1836 [5]
  • Charles Batley, who arrived in Adelaide, Australia aboard the ship "Jenny Lind" in 1850 [6]

West Indies Batley migration to West Indies +

The British first settled the British West Indies around 1604. They made many attempts but failed in some to establish settlements on the Islands including Saint Lucia and Grenada. By 1627 they had managed to establish settlements on St. Kitts (St. Christopher) and Barbados, but by 1641 the Spanish had moved in and destroyed some of these including those at Providence Island. The British continued to expand the settlements including setting the First Federation in the British West Indies by 1674; some of the islands include Barbados, Bermuda, Cayman Island, Turks and Caicos, Jamaica and Belize then known as British Honduras. By the 1960's many of the islands became independent after the West Indies Federation which existed from 1958 to 1962 failed due to internal political conflicts. After this a number of Eastern Caribbean islands formed a free association. [7]
Batley Settlers in West Indies in the 17th Century
  • Jeffry Batley, who arrived in Barbados in 1678 [4]
  • Jeffry Batley who sailed to Barbados in 1679

Contemporary Notables of the name Batley (post 1700) +

  • 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

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 and died in the HMS Hood sinking [8]

  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
  4. Filby, P. William, Meyer, Mary K., Passenger and immigration lists index : a guide to published arrival records of about 500,000 passengers who came to the United States and Canada in the seventeenth, eighteenth, and nineteenth centuries. 1982-1985 Cumulated Supplements in Four Volumes Detroit, Mich. : Gale Research Co., 1985, Print (ISBN 0-8103-1795-8)
  5. Convict Records Voyages to Australia (Retrieved 28th January 2020). Retrieved from
  6. State Records of South Australia. (Retrieved 2010, November 5) JENNY LIND 1850. Retrieved
  8. H.M.S. Hood Association-Battle Cruiser Hood: Crew Information - H.M.S. Hood Rolls of Honour, Men Lost in the Sinking of H.M.S. Hood, 24th May 1941. (Retrieved 2016, July 15) . Retrieved from on Facebook