The name Battist dates back to the days of Medieval France, in the region of Normandy
. It is derived from their residence in the seigneury of Batiste, which was named after Saint Jean Baptiste.
Early Origins of the Battist family
The surname Battist was first found in Normandy
(French: Normandie), the former Duchy of Normandy
, where they held a family seat
in the Seigneurie of Batiste in the Benefice De Pardieu. Saint Jean Baptiste (St Jean le Precurseur) gave origin to the surname Baptiste.
Early History of the Battist family
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Battist Spelling Variations
Most surnames have experienced slight spelling changes. A son may not chose to spell his name the same way that his father did. Many were errors, many deliberate. During the early development of the French language, a person usually gave his version, phonetically, to a scribe, a priest, or a recorder. Prefixes or suffixes varied. They were optional as they passed through the centuries, or were adopted by different branches to signify either a political or religious adherence. Hence, there a many spelling variations
of the name Battist, including Baptiste, Baptist, Batiste, Batist, Batis, Batie and many more.
Early Notables of the Battist family (pre 1700)
Notable amongst the family in this period was Jean Baptiste de Champaigne (1631-1681), a Flemish
Baroque painter and teacher; and Pierre Maisonnat dit Baptiste (1663-1714), a French privateer famous for the success he had against New England
merchant shipping and fishing interests, his crew was from Acadia.
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Migration of the Battist family to the New World and Oceana
France finally gave land incentives for 2,000 migrants during the 1700s. Early marriage was encouraged in New France, and youths of 18 took fourteen-year-old girls for their wives. The fur trade was developed and attracted migrants, both noble and commoner from France. 15,000 explorers left Montreal in the late 17th and 18th centuries, leaving French names scattered across the continent. The search for the Northwest passage continued. Migration from France to New France or Quebec, as it was now more popularly called, continued until 1759. By 1675, there were 7000 French in Quebec. By the same year the Acadian presence in Nova Scotia, New Brunswick and Prince Edward Island had reached 500. In the treaty of Utrecht, the Acadians were ceded by France to Britain in 1713. In 1755, 10,000 French Acadians refused to take an oath of allegiance to England
and were deported. They found refuge in Louisiana. Meanwhile, in Quebec, the French race flourished, founding in Lower Canada, one of the two great solitudes which became Canada. Many of this distinguished family name Battist were prominent in social, cultural, religious and political affairs in France and New France. Amongst the settlers in North America with this distinguished name Battist were
Battist Settlers in United States in the 20th Century
- Schmuel Battist, aged 15, who arrived in America from Osinenz, in 1903
- Emilia Battist, aged 25, who arrived in America from Marseilles, France, in 1912
- Alfonso Battist, aged 27, who arrived in America, in 1913
- Eugene Battist, aged 24, who arrived in America, in 1924
Contemporary Notables of the name Battist (post 1700)
- Laurent Battist, American actor, known for his work in The Duchess of Langeais (2007), A Real Life (2009) and Casting urgent (2003)
- Gina Battist, American actress, known for her work in The Zoo Gang (1985), Old Enough (1984) and Starlight: A Musical Movie (1988)