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

Batman is an Anglo-Saxon name. The name was originally given to a boatman. The surname Batman is derived from the Anglo-Saxon word bat, which means a boat. [1] In some cases, the name is also derived from the Old English word bate, which means one who contends, but this word is most often found as the root of the name Bater.


One relatively recent invention that did much to standardize English spelling was the printing press. However, before its invention even the most literate people recorded their names according to sound rather than spelling. The spelling variations under which the name Batman has appeared include Bateman, Batman, Bademan, Badman, Pateman, Padman, Pademan and many more.

First found in the county of Derbyshire in the midlands of England where it held a family seat for many centuries before the Norman Conquest of 1066 A.D. by Duke William of Normandy.


This web page shows only a small excerpt of our Batman research. Another 159 words (11 lines of text) covering the years 1298, 1480, 1298, 1355, 1560, 1644, 1626, 1644, 1687 and 1663 are included under the topic Early Batman History in all our PDF Extended History products.


Another 117 words (8 lines of text) are included under the topic Early Batman Notables in all our PDF Extended History products.


Some of the Batman family moved to Ireland, but this topic is not covered in this excerpt. Another 107 words (8 lines of text) about their life in Ireland is included in all our PDF Extended History products.


At this time, the shores of the New World beckoned many English families that felt that the social climate in England was oppressive and lacked opportunity for change. Thousands left England at great expense in ships that were overcrowded and full of disease. A great portion of these settlers never survived the journey and even a greater number arrived sick, starving, and without a penny. The survivors, however, were often greeted with greater opportunity than they could have experienced back home. These English settlers made significant contributions to those colonies that would eventually become the United States and Canada. An examination of early immigration records and passenger ship lists revealed that people bearing the name Batman arrived in North America very early:

Batman Settlers in United States in the 17th Century

  • Tho Batman, who landed in Virginia in 1637
  • Thomas Batman, who arrived in Virginia in 1637
  • Roger Batman, who arrived in Virginia in 1660
  • William Batman, who landed in Maryland in 1662

Batman Settlers in United States in the 19th Century

  • Peter Batman, who landed in New York, NY in 1815
  • Fred R Batman, who arrived in Allegany (Allegheny) County, Pennsylvania in 1840
  • Philip Batman, aged 34, landed in Mobile, Ala in 1859
  • Winnie Batman, aged 3, who landed in America, in 1894

Batman Settlers in United States in the 20th Century

  • Godfrey Batman, who landed in America, in 1918
  • Samuel Batman, who emigrated to America, in 1921
  • Charles Batman, aged 48, who emigrated to the United States, in 1924

Batman Settlers in Canada in the 18th Century

  • Mr. Samuel Batman U.E who settled in Eastern District [Cornwall], Ontario c. 1783

Batman Settlers in Australia in the 18th Century

  • William and Mary Batman who landed at Sydney, Australia in 1797 aboard the ship "Ganges"


  • Daniel Batman (1981-2012), Australian sprinter who competed in the 2000 Summer Olympics
  • John Batman (1800-1840), Australian grazier, founder of Victoria Australia


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  1. ^ Lowe, Mark Anthony, Patronymica Britannica, A Dictionary of Family Names of the United Kingdom. London: John Russel Smith, 1860. Print.

Other References

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  3. Cook, Chris. English Historical Facts 1603-1688. London: MacMillan, 1980. Print.
  4. Bowman, George Ernest. The Mayflower Reader A Selection of Articales from The Mayflower Descendent. Baltimore: Genealogical Publishing. Print.
  5. Bradford, William. History of Plymouth Plantation 1620-1647 Edited by Samuel Eliot Morrison 2 Volumes. New York: Russell and Russell, 1968. Print.
  6. Virkus, Frederick A. Ed. Immigrant Ancestors A List of 2,500 Immigrants to America Before 1750. Baltimore: Genealogical Publishing, 1964. Print.
  7. Passenger Lists of Vessels Arriving at Galveston Texas 1896-1951. National Archives Washington DC. Print.
  8. Shirley, Evelyn Philip. Noble and Gentle Men of England Or Notes Touching The Arms and Descendants of the Ancient Knightley and Gentle Houses of England Arranged in their Respective Counties 3rd Edition. Westminster: John Bowyer Nichols and Sons, 1866. Print.
  9. Burke, Sir Bernard. General Armory Of England, Scotland, Ireland and Wales. Ramsbury: Heraldry Today. Print.
  10. Papworth, J.W and A.W Morant. Ordinary of British Armorials. London: T.Richards, 1874. Print.
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The Batman Family Crest was acquired from the Houseofnames.com archives. The Batman 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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