Anglo-Saxon surname Battish came from the personal name Bartholomew. Bat(e) was a pet form of this personal name and when combined with 'cock' which was a common suffix for other names like Wilcox, Simcock and others became Batcock.
Early Origins of the Battish family
Worcestershire, where they held a family seat from ancient times, long before the Norman Conquest in 1066.
Early History of the Battish family
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Battish Spelling Variations
spelling variations are common among early Anglo-Saxon names. As the form of the English language changed, even the spelling of literate people's names evolved. Battish has been recorded under many different variations, including Babcock, Badcock, Babbcock, Batcock, Badcocke and many more.
Early Notables of the Battish family (pre 1700)
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Migration of the Battish family to the New World and Oceana
For many English families, the political and religious disarray that shrouded England made the far away New World an attractive prospect. On cramped disease-ridden ships, thousands migrated to those British colonies that would eventually become Canada and the United States. Those hardy settlers that survived the journey often went on to make important contributions to the emerging nations in which they landed. Analysis of immigration records indicates that some of the first North American immigrants bore the name Battish or a variant listed above: James Babcock, who arrived in Plymouth, MA in 1623; William Badcocke, who came to St. Christopher in 1633; David Babcock, who arrived in Massachusetts in 1640.
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