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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.  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.
The surname Batman was first found in Herefordshire at Shobdon, a parish, in-the union of Leominster, hundred of Stretford. "The living is a rectory, valued in the king's books at £5. 7. 11.; net income, £764; patron, Lord Bateman. The church, which is the burial-place of the Bateman family, was partially rebuilt in 1757, by John, Viscount Bateman. The rent of several acres of land, and the proceeds of some minor benefactions, are distributed among the poor. " 
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.
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, 1663 and 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
Batman Settlers in United States in the 19th Century
Batman Settlers in United States in the 20th Century
Batman Settlers in Canada in the 18th Century
Batman Settlers in Australia in the 18th Century
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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