Batton History, Family Crest & Coats of Arms
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Batton is one of the thousands of new names that the Norman Conquest of 1066 brought to England. It comes from the Old English given name Batte, a pet form of Bartholomew. 
Early Origins of the Batton family
The surname Batton was first found in Somerset, where the "family of Batten have been seated for nearly six centuries. They are considered of Flemish origin. Among eminent merchants of the staple (wool-trade) temp. Edward I., were several De Beteyns and Batyns." 
The Subsidy Rolls of 1327 in Somerset include two entries for the family: Balin Bythemore; and Bathon Mayster. From these early spellings, the Feet of Fines of 1248 in Essex includes an entry for Walter Batun and later, Robert Batin was found in the Assize Rolls for Somerset in 1261. The Subsidy Rolls for Worcestershire includes William Baton in 1275 and the same rolls for Staffordshire in 1327 lists John Batten. 
"Batten is an estate in the parish of North Hill, Cornwall, where an ancient gentle family of the name once resided. The Battens are now established in the Honiton district, and the Battings in the Exeter district. There was a Joel Batin in the hundred of Wonford as far back as the 13th century. Somersetshire, however, would appear to be the ancient home of the name, and for six centuries the name has been established there, though now scantily represented." 
Again in Somerset, we found the following early entries for the family as both a forename and surname: Thomas Batyn; Batin atte Vete; Batin Power; Batin Walkelayn: and Bathon Mayster. All were listed as 1 Edward III, in other words during the first year of the reign of King Edward III. 
Early History of the Batton family
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Batton Spelling Variations
Before the advent of the printing press and the first dictionaries, the English language was not standardized. Sound was what guided spelling in the Middle Ages, so one person's name was often recorded under several variations during a single lifetime. Spelling variations were common, even among the names of the most literate people. Known variations of the Batton family name include Batten, Battin, Battyne, Baten, Batin, Batton and many more.
Early Notables of the Batton family (pre 1700)
Outstanding amongst the family at this time was Sir William Batten (c. 1600-1667), an English naval officer and politician who sat in the House of Commons from 1661 to 1667; and Henry Beighton (1687-1743), an English engineer and surveyor, Fellow of the Royal Society in 1720.
Adrian Batten (fl. 1630), was organist of St. Paul's, the dates of whose birth and death cannot be ascertained. He was educated in the choir of Winchester Cathedral under John Holmes. In 1624 he removed to St. Paul's Cathedral, where he held the same office in addition to that of organist. Batten's name is well known...
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In the United States, the name Batton is the 8,674th most popular surname with an estimated 2,487 people with that name. 
| Batton migration to the United States ||+|
To escape the political and religious chaos of this era, thousands of English families began to migrate to the New World in search of land and freedom from religious and political persecution. The passage was expensive and the ships were dark, crowded, and unsafe; however, those who made the voyage safely were encountered opportunities that were not available to them in their homeland. Many of the families that reached the New World at this time went on to make important contributions to the emerging nations of the United States and Canada. Research into various historical records has revealed some of first members of the Batton family to immigrate North America:
Batton Settlers in United States in the 17th Century
- Cornille Batton, who landed in Carolina in 1679 
Batton Settlers in United States in the 18th Century
- Mary Batton, who settled in New England in 1749
Batton Settlers in United States in the 19th Century
- Sammul Batton, who arrived in Tippecanoe County, Ind in 1844 
Batton Settlers in United States in the 20th Century
- Arthur Batton, aged 42, originally from Liverpool, who arrived in New York in 1920 from Liverpool, England 
- Thomas H.H. Batton, aged 59, who arrived in New York in 1921 aboard the ship "Olympic" from Southampton, England 
- Robert E. Batton, aged 44, who arrived in New York, N.Y. in 1921 aboard the ship "General W. C. Gorgas" from Cristobal, C.Z. 
- John Batton, aged 68, who arrived in New York in 1921 aboard the ship "Columbia" from Glasgow, Scotland 
- Ivy Batton, aged 26, originally from London, England, who arrived in New York in 1921 aboard the ship "Orbita" from Southampton, England 
| Batton migration to Australia ||+|
Emigration to Australia
followed the First Fleets
of convicts, tradespeople and early settlers. Early immigrants include:
Batton Settlers in Australia in the 19th Century
- John Luke Batton, aged 44, who arrived in Adelaide, Australia aboard the ship "Rajah" in 1849 
- Constance Batton, aged 36, who arrived in Adelaide, Australia aboard the ship "Rajah" in 1849 
- Elizabeth Jane Batton, aged 15, who arrived in Adelaide, Australia aboard the ship "Rajah" in 1849 
- Matthew Peters Batton, aged 12, who arrived in Adelaide, Australia aboard the ship "Rajah" in 1849 
- Edwin Mark Batton, aged 11, who arrived in Adelaide, Australia aboard the ship "Rajah" in 1849 
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|Contemporary Notables of the name Batton (post 1700) ||+|
- David Robert "Dave" Batton (b. 1956), retired American NBA basketball player
- John David "J.D." Batton (1911-1981), American Sheriff of Webster Parish, Louisiana (1952-1964), son of James Bryant Batton
- John Batton (b. 1954), American Major League Baseball pitcher who played one season for the Minnesota Twins in 1974
- Christopher Sean Batton (b. 1954), American Major League Baseball pitcher who played one season for the Oakland Athletics in 1976, twin brother of John Batton
- James Bryant Batton (1880-1939), American Webster Parish chief deputy sheriff, a two-term Minden police chief, father of Jack Batton
- Jack Batton (1913-1996), American businessman and politician, Mayor of Minden, Webster Parish, Louisiana (1978-1982)
- Désiré-Alexandre Batton (1798-1855), French composer
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