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The distinguished surname Battista can be traced back to the ancient and beautiful region of Sicily, which is located off Southwestern Italy and incorporates the island of Sicily itself, the area of Naples, and the southern part of the Italian peninsula. Although people were originally known only by a single name, it became necessary for people to adopt a second name to identify themselves as populations grew and travel became more frequent. The process of adopting fixed hereditary surnames was not complete until the modern era, but the use of hereditary family names in Italy began in the 10th and 11th centuries. Italian hereditary surnames were developed according to fairly general principles and they were characterized by a profusion of derivatives coined from given names. The most common type of family name found in the region of Sicily is the patronymic surname, which is derived from the father's given name. During the Middle Ages, Italians adopted the patronymic system of name-making because it perfectly complemented the prevailing Feudal System. In Italy the popularity of patronymic type of surname is also due to the fact that during the Christian era, people often named their children after saints and biblical figures. The surname Battista was derived from the name "Baptist" in devotion to St. John the Baptist.

Battista Early Origins



The surname Battista was first found in on the island of Corsica, just north of Sardinia, in the town of San Nicolo. The family was famous for its many soldiers, who fought to keep Corsica part of Italy.

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Battista Spelling Variations


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Battista Spelling Variations



Spelling variations of this family name include: Battista, Abbattista, Batisti, Batista, De Battista, Di Battista, Battistelli, Batistelli, Battistello, Battistella, Battistel, Battistetti, Battistini, Battistin, Battistiol, Battistotti, Battistuzzi, Battistoni, Battistone, Battiston, Battistano, Battistato, Battistat, Battistutti, Battistutta, Titta, Tittoni and many more.

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Battista Early Notables (pre 1700)


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Battista Early Notables (pre 1700)



The Byzantine period left many fine examples of architecture and much is still in evidence today. The Franks in 774 finally relinquished control to Charlemagne in 810. It was controlled by many powerful families which ended in a republic in 1032. Trade flourished, and a constitution emerged in 1297 followed by...

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The Great Migration


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The Great Migration



Some of the first settlers of this family name were:

Battista Settlers in United States in the 19th Century

  • Juan Battista, who landed in Nombre de Dios, Panama in 1834
  • Defranceses Battista, aged 32, arrived in Baltimore, Maryland in 1893
  • Alessandro Battista, aged 40, who landed in America, in 1896
  • Ameileo Battista, aged 4, who emigrated to America, in 1896
  • Angelo Battista, aged 39, who emigrated to the United States, in 1896
  • ... (More are available in all our PDF Extended History products and printed products wherever possible.)

Battista Settlers in United States in the 20th Century

  • Ambrossi Battista, aged 40, who landed in America from Bedollo, in 1906
  • Angelandrea Battista, aged 18, who settled in America from Altamura, in 1906
  • Angelino Giov. Battista, aged 36, who emigrated to the United States from Ceccano, Roma, in 1907
  • Andrea Battista, aged 42, who emigrated to the United States from Auviano, in 1907
  • Angelantonio Battista, aged 23, who landed in America from Villetta Barrea, Italy, in 1909
  • ... (More are available in all our PDF Extended History products and printed products wherever possible.)

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Contemporary Notables of the name Battista (post 1700)


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Contemporary Notables of the name Battista (post 1700)



  • Orlando Aloysius Battista (1917-1995), Canadian-American chemist and author
  • Barbara Ann "Bobbie" Battista (b. 1952), award-winning American journalist

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Citations


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Citations



    Other References

    1. Rolland, and H.V. Rolland. Illustrations to the Armorial Général by J.B. Rietstap. Ramsbury: Heraldry Today, 1967. Print. (ISBN 0-0900455-209).
    2. Filby, P. William and Mary K Meyer. Passenger and Immigration Lists Index in Four Volumes. Detroit: Gale Research, 1985. Print. (ISBN 0-8103-1795-8).
    3. Guelfi Camajani, Piero. Dizionario Araldico 1940 Reprint Arnoaldo Forni. Milan: 1978. Print.
    4. Bentley, Elizabeth P. Passenger Arrivals at the Port of New York 1820-1829. Baltimore, Maryland: Genealogical Publishing Co., 1999. Print.
    5. Zieber, Eugene. Heraldry in America. Philadelphia: Genealogical Publishing Co. Print.
    6. Crozier, William Armstrong Edition. Crozier's General Armory A Registry of American Families Entitled to Coat Armor. New York: Fox, Duffield, 1904. Print.
    7. Fucilla, Josheph G. Our Italian Surnames. Baltimore: Genealogical Publishing, 1987. Print. (ISBN 0806311878).
    8. Rietstap, Johannes Baptist. Armorial Général. Baltimore: Genealogical Publishing Co. Print.
    9. Annuaire Général Héraldique Universel. Paris: Institut Héraldique, 1901. Print.
    10. Glazier, Ira A. and P. Williams Filby Edition. Italians to America. Lanham, MD: Rowman & Littlefield. Print.
    11. ...

    The Battista Family Crest was acquired from the Houseofnames.com archives. The Battista Family Crest was drawn according to heraldic standards based on published blazons. We generally include the oldest published family crest once associated with each surname.

    This page was last modified on 13 December 2014 at 20:29.

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