The name Battlay is of Anglo-Saxon
origin and came from when the family lived in the West Riding of Yorkshire
, in the parish of Batley
Early Origins of the Battlay family
The surname Battlay was first found in Yorkshire
, where they held a family seat
from ancient times.
Early History of the Battlay family
This web page shows only a small excerpt of our Battlay research.Another 561 words (40 lines of text) covering the years 1086, 1191, 1273, 1372, 1500, 1626, 1672, 1770, 1772, 1770 and 1856 are included under the topic Early Battlay History in all our PDF Extended History products and printed products wherever possible.
Battlay Spelling Variations
It is only in the last few hundred
years that the English language has been standardized. For that reason, early Anglo-Saxon
surnames like Battlay are characterized by many spelling variations
. As the English language changed and incorporated elements of other European languages, even literate people changed the spelling of their names. Scribes and monks in the Middle Ages spelled names they sounded, so it is common to find several variations that refer to a single person. The variations of the name Battlay include: Batley, Battelay, Bateley, Batelay, Batlee and many more.
Early Notables of the Battlay family (pre 1700)
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Migration of the Battlay family to the New World and Oceana
Many English families tired of political and religious strife left Britain for the new colonies in North America. Although the trip itself offered no relief - conditions on the ships were extremely cramped, and many travelers arrived diseased, starving, and destitute - these immigrants believed the opportunities that awaited them were worth the risks. Once in the colonies, many of the families did indeed prosper and, in turn, made significant contributions to the culture and economies of the growing colonies. An inquiry into the early roots of North American families has revealed a number of immigrants bearing the name Battlay or a variant listed above: Christopher Batley who sailed to Virginia in 1652 and Jeffry Batley to Barbados in 1679.