Batsford History, Family Crest & Coats of Arms 

Batsford is a name that was formed by the Anglo-Saxon society of old Britain. The name was thought to have been used for someone who once worked as a coppersmith or a dealer in baterie, which is a term for beaten copper or brassware. The surname Batsford is possibly derived from the Old French word bateor, meaning one who beats, a term which has been applied to a beater of cloth or fuller. The surname may also be a short form of the word orbatour, which means a beater of gold.

Early Origins of the Batsford family

The surname Batsford was first found in Suffolk, at Battisford, a parish in the union and hundred of Bosmere and Claydon. Alternatively, the name could have been derived from Batsford, a parish in the union of Shipston-on-Stour, Upper division of the hundred of Kiftsgate, in the county of Gloucester. Today, Batsford is the site of the Moreton-in-Marsh and Batsford War Memorial which commemorates the village's dead of two World Wars. Batsford has traditionally been the smaller of the two locals with a population of 79 people in the late 1800s while the former Battisford had a population of 520 at that time.

ONe of the first on record was John de Batesford (d. 1319), an early English judge who was sent with William Haward as Justice of Assize into the counties of York, Northumberland, Westmorland, Lancaster, Nottingham, and Derby in 1293. "The commission of justice of assize was a temporary expedient intended to relieve the pressure of business, which began to weigh heavily upon the regular justices itinerant at the close of the reign of Henry III. The first commission was issued by Edward I in 1274, and was succeeded by others at irregular intervals until 1311, when the last of these special commissions was issued. " [1]

Important Dates for the Batsford family

This web page shows only a small excerpt of our Batsford research. Another 247 words (18 lines of text) covering the years 1086, 1182, 1202, 1273, 1326, 1335, 1465, 1766 and 1320 are included under the topic Early Batsford History in all our PDF Extended History products and printed products wherever possible.

Batsford 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 Batsford include Batsford, Battisford, Batesford, Bateford, Batesforde, Batisford, Battsford, Batsforde,Botsford, Botsforth and many more.

Early Notables of the Batsford family (pre 1700)

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Batsford 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 Batsford were among these contributors, for they have been located in early North American records:

Batsford Settlers in United States in the 17th Century
  • Edward Batsford who arrived in Pennsylvania in 1685
  • Edward Batsford, who landed in Philadelphia, Pennsylvania in 1685 [2]
Batsford Settlers in United States in the 18th Century
  • John Batsford, an English convict sent to America in 1715

Contemporary Notables of the name Batsford (post 1700)

  • Allen Batsford (1932-2009), English former football manager
  • Richard William "Rich" Batsford (b. 1969), English pianist, composer and singer-songwriter
  • Robert Batsford (b. 1962), professional Australian rules footballer
  • Sir Brian Caldwell Cook Batsford (1910-1991), British politician, Member of UK Parliament former chairman of the publishing firm of B.T. Batsford

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Citations

  1. ^ Smith, George (ed), Dictionary of National Biography. London: Smith, Elder & Co., 1885-1900. Print
  2. ^ 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)
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