Show ContentsBattelay History, Family Crest & Coats of Arms

The ancient roots of the Battelay family name are in the Anglo-Saxon culture. The name Battelay comes from when the family lived in either Baddiley in Cheshire, near Nantwich or Badley, a parish in Norfolk. There is also a Badley in Suffolk. [1]

Early Origins of the Battelay family

The surname Battelay was first found in Essex and Suffolk, where the the Hundredorum Rolls of 1273 list the first of the family. William de Badeleye held estates in Essex and Geoffrey de Badele held estates in Suffolk at that time. [1]

Further north, Andrew Badly, was monk of Melrose, c. 1379-1380. [2]

Early History of the Battelay family

This web page shows only a small excerpt of our Battelay research. Another 281 words (20 lines of text) covering the years 1086, 1191, 1273, 1372, 1500, 1626, 1672, 1770, 1772, 1649, 1656, 1646, 1708, 1648, 1704, 1648, 1770 and 1856 are included under the topic Early Battelay History in all our PDF Extended History products and printed products wherever possible.

Battelay Spelling Variations

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 Battelay has appeared include Batley, Battelay, Bateley, Batelay, Batlee and many more.

Early Notables of the Battelay family (pre 1700)

Distinguished members of the family include Richard Badiley (fl. 1649-1656), English admiral, apparently a merchant, ship-owner, and ship-captain, whom the course of the civil war called to a more stirring life. [3] John Batteley (1646-1708), was a Kentish antiquary and Archdeacon and Prebendary of Canterbury. He was the son...
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Migration of the Battelay family

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 Battelay arrived in North America very early: Christopher Batley who sailed to Virginia in 1652 and Jeffry Batley to Barbados in 1679.

  1. Bardsley, C.W, A Dictionary of English and Welsh Surnames: With Special American Instances. Wiltshire: Heraldry Today, 1901. Print. (ISBN 0-900455-44-6)
  2. Black, George F., The Surnames of Scotland Their Origin, Meaning and History. New York: New York Public Library, 1946. Print. (ISBN 0-87104-172-3)
  3. Smith, George (ed), Dictionary of National Biography. London: Smith, Elder & Co., 1885-1900. Print on Facebook