culture. The name Battelay comes from when the family lived in the West Riding of
from ancient times.
This web page shows only a small excerpt of our Battelay research.Another 561 words (40 lines of text) covering the years 1086, 1191, 1273, 1372, 1500, 1626, 1672, 1770, 1772, 1770 and 1856 are included under the topic Early Battelay History in all our PDF Extended History products and printed products wherever possible.
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.
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.