Battishil History, Family Crest & Coats of Arms

Early Origins of the Battishil family

The surname Battishil was first found in Devon, where the first record of the family was William de Batteshol, listed there in the Hundredorum Rolls of 1273. The Kec. Office, Cal. State Papers (Domestic) notes that Antony Luther claimed a lease of Manor of Battvishall in 1382. [1]

Early History of the Battishil family

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Battishil Spelling Variations

Until quite recently, the English language has lacked a definite system of spelling rules. Consequently, Anglo-Saxon surnames are characterized by a multitude of spelling variations. Changes in Anglo-Saxon names were influenced by the evolution of the English language, as it incorporated elements of French, Latin, and other languages. Although Medieval scribes and church officials recorded names as they sounded, so it is common to find one person referred to by several different spellings of his surname, even the most literate people varied the spelling of their own names. Variations of the name Battishil include Battershill, Battishill, Battershell, Batteshell and many more.

Early Notables of the Battishil family (pre 1700)

Notables of the family at this time include Jonathan Battishill (1738-1801), composer, was the son of a solicitor, and was born in London in May 1738. At the age of nine he became a chorister of St. Paul's, and was articled pupil to the choirmaster, William Savage, before the age of thirteen. Under this master, who treated...
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Migration of the Battishil family

Searching for a better life, many English families migrated to British colonies. Unfortunately, the majority of them traveled under extremely harsh conditions: overcrowding on the ships caused the majority of the immigrants to arrive diseased, famished, and destitute from the long journey across the ocean. For those families that arrived safely, modest prosperity was attainable, and many went on to make invaluable contributions to the development of the cultures of the new colonies. Research into the origins of individual families in North America revealed records of the immigration of a number of people bearing the name Battishil or a variant listed above: Henry Batteshell who settled in Maine in 1616; four years before the arrival of the "Mayflower," in 1620.



  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)


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