Anglo-Saxon in origin. It was a name given to a maker or seller of knives. The surname Battekant comes from the Old English word bodkin, which is also spelled bodekin, and refers to a short, pointed weapon or dagger.
Early Origins of the Battekant family
Kent, where they held a family seat from ancient times.
Early History of the Battekant family
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Battekant 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 Battekant include Badkin, Bodkin, Bodekin, Badekin, Bodekyn, Badekyn, Batekyn, Bodychen, Battkin and many more.
Early Notables of the Battekant family (pre 1700)
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Migration of the Battekant family to Ireland
Some of the Battekant family moved to Ireland, but this topic is not covered in this excerpt.
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Migration of the Battekant family to the New World and Oceana
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 Battekant were among these contributors, for they have been located in early North American records: a number of settlers who arrived by the 19th century.
The Battekant Motto
The motto was originally a war cry or slogan. Mottoes first began to be shown with arms in the 14th and 15th centuries, but were not in general use until the 17th century. Thus the oldest coats of arms generally do not include a motto. Mottoes seldom form part of the grant of arms: Under most heraldic authorities, a motto is an optional component of the coat of arms, and can be added to or changed at will; many families have chosen not to display a motto.
Motto Translation: Crom for ever.
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