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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. [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.


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. " [2]

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

  • 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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  2. ^ Lewis, Samuel, A Topographical Dictionary of England. Institute of Historical Research, 1848, Print.

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  9. Best, Hugh. Debrett's Texas Peerage. New York: Coward-McCann, 1983. Print. (ISBN 069811244X).
  10. Innes, Thomas and Learney. The Tartans of the Clans and Families of Scotland 1st Edition. Edinburgh: W & A. K. Johnston Limited, 1938. 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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