Battle History, Family Crest & Coats of Arms

History reveals the roots of the Battle family name in the ancient Strathclyde people of the Scottish/English Borderlands. It is derived from any of several place names in England, such as Battle in Sussex. Contrary to what one would expect, the name is not a nickname or occupational name derived from the word battle.

Early Origins of the Battle family

The surname Battle was first found in Berwickshire an ancient county of Scotland, presently part of the Scottish Borders Council Area, located in the eastern part of the Borders Region of Scotland, Scotland.

Early History of the Battle family

This web page shows only a small excerpt of our Battle research. Another 86 words (6 lines of text) covering the years 1066, 1400, 1649, 1713, 1589, 1614, 1565 and 1589 are included under the topic Early Battle History in all our PDF Extended History products and printed products wherever possible.

Battle Spelling Variations

Scribes in Medieval Scotland spelled names by sound rather than any set of rules, so an enormous number of spelling variations exist in names of that era. Battle has been spelled Battle, Battell, Battel, Battaile, Battail and others.

Early Notables of the Battle family (pre 1700)

Notable among the family at this time was Thomas Battle advisor to King Henry VIII; and Ralph Battell, D.D. (1649-1713), an English divine. Andrew Battel ( fl. 1589-1614), was an English traveller, born in Essex about 1565. "On 20 April 1589 he sailed with Captain Abraham Cocke for Rio de la Plata. After a troublesome voyage they reached the mouth of the river in the autumn, but were forced...
Another 67 words (5 lines of text) are included under the topic Early Battle Notables in all our PDF Extended History products and printed products wherever possible.

Ireland Migration of the Battle family to Ireland

Some of the Battle family moved to Ireland, but this topic is not covered in this excerpt. More information about their life in Ireland is included in all our PDF Extended History products and printed products wherever possible.


United States Battle migration to the United States +

The number of Strathclyde Clan families sailing for North America increased steadily as the persecution continued. In the colonies, they could find not only freedom from the iron hand of the English government, but land to settle on. The American War of Independence allowed many of these settlers to prove their independence, while some chose to go to Canada as United Empire Loyalists. Scots played essential roles in the forging of both great nations. Among them:

Battle Settlers in United States in the 17th Century
  • Thomas Battle, who settled in Massachusetts in 1635
  • Thomas Battle, who landed in Massachusetts in 1642 [1]
  • Mathew Battle, who arrived in Virginia in 1647 [1]
  • Matthew Battle, who settled in Virginia in 1647
  • Thomas Battle, who settled in Virginia in 1652
  • ... (More are available in all our PDF Extended History products and printed products wherever possible.)
Battle Settlers in United States in the 18th Century
  • Elinor Battle, who landed in Virginia in 1705 [1]
  • Michel Battle, who arrived in America in 1727 [1]
  • Anne Battle, who arrived in Philadelphia, Pennsylvania in 1746 [1]
  • Leonhard Battle, who arrived in Virginia in 1783 [1]
Battle Settlers in United States in the 19th Century
  • Jose Battle, who landed in Puerto Rico in 1812 [1]
  • James Battle, who arrived in Mobile, Ala in 1821 [1]
  • John Battle, who arrived in Morgan County, III in 1838 [1]
  • Ann Battle, aged 24, who landed in New York in 1849 [1]
  • Mary Battle, who landed in New York in 1849 [1]
  • ... (More are available in all our PDF Extended History products and printed products wherever possible.)

Canada Battle migration to Canada +

Some of the first settlers of this family name were:

Battle Settlers in Canada in the 18th Century
  • Daniel Battle, who arrived in Nova Scotia in 1750
  • Jasper Battle, who landed in Nova Scotia in 1750

Australia Battle migration to Australia +

Emigration to Australia followed the First Fleets of convicts, tradespeople and early settlers. Early immigrants include:

Battle Settlers in Australia in the 19th Century
  • Thomas Battle, who arrived in Adelaide, Australia aboard the ship "Asia" in 1839 [2]
  • Charlotte Battle, who arrived in Adelaide, Australia aboard the ship "Asia" in 1839 [2]
  • M. Battle, who arrived in Adelaide, Australia aboard the ship "Sir Charles Forbes" in 1849 [3]
  • Catherine Battle, aged 22, a seamstress, who arrived in South Australia in 1854 aboard the ship "Emerald Isle" [4]

New Zealand Battle migration to New Zealand +

Emigration to New Zealand followed in the footsteps of the European explorers, such as Captain Cook (1769-70): first came sealers, whalers, missionaries, and traders. By 1838, the British New Zealand Company had begun buying land from the Maori tribes, and selling it to settlers, and, after the Treaty of Waitangi in 1840, many British families set out on the arduous six month journey from Britain to Aotearoa to start a new life. Early immigrants include:

Battle Settlers in New Zealand in the 19th Century
  • Thomas Battle, aged 46, a tailor, who arrived in Wellington, New Zealand aboard the ship "Conflict" in 1874
  • Thomas H. Battle, aged 14, who arrived in Wellington, New Zealand aboard the ship "Conflict" in 1874
  • Emily A. Battle, aged 18, a servant, who arrived in Wellington, New Zealand aboard the ship "Conflict" in 1874
  • Louisa C. Battle, aged 16, a servant, who arrived in Wellington, New Zealand aboard the ship "Conflict" in 1874
  • Ellen Battle, aged 12, who arrived in Wellington, New Zealand aboard the ship "Conflict" in 1874
  • ... (More are available in all our PDF Extended History products and printed products wherever possible.)

Contemporary Notables of the name Battle (post 1700) +

  • Cullen Andrews Battle (1829-1905), American attorney, politician, and general in the Confederate States Army during the American Civil War
  • Kathleen Battle (b. 1948), American soprano, inductee into the NAACP Image Hall of Fame
  • John S Battle, American politician and Democratic Governor of Virginia from 1950-1954
  • Ashley Battle (b. 1982), American professional basketball player
  • Kenny Battle (b. 1964), American professional NBA basketball player
  • Hinton Battle (b. 1956), American actor, dancer, and dance instructor, winner of three Tony awards
  • Vincent M Battle, United States ambassador to Lebanon from August 13, 2001 to August 16, 2004
  • Greg Battle (b. 1964), Canadian professional CFL football player
  • John Battle (b. 1951), English national Labour politician

RMS Lusitania
  • Mr. James Battle, Irish Able-Bodied Seaman from Sligo, Ireland, who worked aboard the RMS Lusitania and survived the sinking by escaping in 3 different collapsible rafts [5]


Suggested Readings for the name Battle +

  • 1007 "A History of the Battelle (also Battle) Family in England" by Lucy Catherine Battelle.

  1. ^ Filby, P. William, Meyer, Mary K., Passenger and immigration lists index : a guide to published arrival records of about 500,000 passengers who came to the United States and Canada in the seventeenth, eighteenth, and nineteenth centuries. 1982-1985 Cumulated Supplements in Four Volumes Detroit, Mich. : Gale Research Co., 1985, Print (ISBN 0-8103-1795-8)
  2. ^ State Library of South Australia. (Retrieved 2016, October 27) ASIA 1839 from London with Captain Benjamin Freeman and 245 passengers, arrived Port Adelaide on 16-07-1839. Retrieved from http://www.slsa.sa.gov.au/BSA/1839Asia-list.htm
  3. ^ State Records of South Australia. (Retrieved 2010, November 5) SIR CHARLES FORBES originally CHARLES FORBES 1849. Retrieved from http://www.slsa.sa.gov.au/BSA/1849SirCharlesForbes.gif
  4. ^ South Australian Register Tuesday 17th January 1854. (Retrieved 2010, November 5) Emerald Isle 1854. Retrieved http://www.theshipslist.com/ships/australia/emeraldisle1854.shtml
  5. ^ Lusitania Passenger List - The Lusitania Resource. (Retrieved 2014, March 6) . Retrieved from http://www.rmslusitania.info/lusitania-passenger-list/


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