The Norman Conquest
in 1066 brought much change, including many immigrants with new names. Among these were the ancestors of the Battend family, whose name comes from the Old English given name Batte,
a pet form of Bartholomew.
Early Origins of the Battend family
The surname Battend was first found in Somerset
, where the “family of Batten have been seated for nearly six centuries. They are considered of Flemish
origin. Among eminent merchants of the staple (wool-trade) temp.
Edward I., were several De Beteyns and Batyns.” CITATION[CLOSE]
Lowe, Mark Anthony, Patronymica Britannica, A Dictionary of Family Names of the United Kingdom. London: John Russel Smith, 1860. Print.
Early History of the Battend family
This web page shows only a small excerpt of our Battend research.Another 153 words (11 lines of text) covering the years 1200, 1500, 1600, 1600, 1667, 1661, 1667, 1687, 1743 and 1720 are included under the topic Early Battend History in all our PDF Extended History products and printed products wherever possible.
Battend Spelling Variations
Endless spelling variations
are a prevailing characteristic of Norman surnames. Old and Middle English lacked any definite spelling rules, and the introduction of Norman French added an unfamiliar ingredient to the English linguistic stew. French and Latin, the languages of the court, also influenced spellings. Finally, Medieval scribes generally spelled words according to how they sounded, so one person was often referred to by different spellings in different documents. The name has been spelled Batten, Battin, Battyne, Baten, Batin, Batton and many more.
Early Notables of the Battend family (pre 1700)
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Migration of the Battend family to the New World and Oceana
To escape the political and religious persecution within England
at the time, many English families left for the various British colonies abroad. The voyage was extremely difficult, though, and the cramped, dank ships caused many to arrive in the New World diseased and starving. But for those who made it, the trip was most often worth it. Many of the families who arrived went on to make valuable contributions to the emerging nations of Canada and the United States. An inquiry into the early roots of North American families reveals a number of immigrants bearing the name Battend or a variant listed above: Robert Batten who settled in New England
in 1648; William Batten settled in Virginia in 1654; Mary Batton settled in New England