Early Origins of the Battany family
The surname Battany was first found in Hertfordshire
where they held a family seat
as Lords of the Manor. After the Battle of Hastings in 1066, William, Duke of Normandy
, having prevailed over King Harold, granted most of Britain to his many victorious Barons. It was not uncommon to find a Baron
, or a Bishop, with 60 or more Lordships scattered throughout the country. These he gave to his sons, nephews and other junior lines of his family and they became known as under-tenants. They adopted the Norman system of surnames which identified the under-tenant with his holdings so as to distinguish him from the senior stem of the family. After many rebellious wars between his Barons, Duke William, commissioned a census of all England
to determine in 1086, settling once and for all, who held which land. He called the census the Domesday Book
Williams, Dr Ann. And G.H. Martin, Eds., Domesday Book A Complete Translation. London: Penguin, 1992. Print. (ISBN 0-141-00523-8)
indicating that those holders registered would hold the land until the end of time. Hence, conjecturally, the surname is descended from the tenant
of the lands at St.Albans, held by a steward of St.Albans Church who was recorded in the Domesday Book
census of 1086.
Early History of the Battany family
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Battany Spelling Variations
Before English spelling was standardized a few hundred
years ago, spelling variations
of names were a common occurrence. Elements of Latin, Norman French and other languages became incorporated into English throughout the Middle Ages, and name spellings changed even among the literate. The variations of the surname Battany include Bestney, Bestnee, Bestknee, Bestnie, Besny, Besnie, Besnee, Bester and many more.
Early Notables of the Battany family (pre 1700)
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Migration of the Battany family to the New World and Oceana
Some of the first settlers of this family name were:
Battany Settlers in New Zealand in the 19th Century
- William Battany, aged 26, a labourer, who arrived in Wellington, New Zealand aboard the ship "Alma" in 1857
- Martha Battany, aged 25, who arrived in Wellington, New Zealand aboard the ship "Alma" in 1857
- James Battany, aged 2, who arrived in Wellington, New Zealand aboard the ship "Alma" in 1857