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Early Origins of the Battye family

The surname Battye was first found in Northumberland where the name was derived from the name of an ancestor as in the son of Beatrice. An "abbreviation of the female name Beatrix." [1] The name appeared here and in Lowland Scotland. "The following variants of this surname are" found on the Border: Baetie, Baitie, Baittie, Batie, Baty, Batye, Baytie, and Bette." [2]

Early History of the Battye family

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Battye Spelling Variations

The name, Battye, occurred in many references, and from time to time, it was spelt Beattie, Beatty, Beaty, Beatie, Betay, Bety and others.

Early Notables of the Battye family (pre 1700)

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Ireland Migration of the Battye family to Ireland

Some of the Battye family moved to Ireland, but this topic is not covered in this excerpt.
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Australia Battye migration to Australia +

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

Battye Settlers in Australia in the 19th Century
  • Mr. Joseph Battye, (b. 1813), aged 20, English printer who was convicted in Lancaster, Lancashire, England for 7 years for faculige, transported aboard the "Captain Cook" on 2nd May 1833, arriving in New South Wales, Australia [3]
  • Mr. Joseph Battye, English convict who was convicted in Leeds, Yorkshire, England for 7 years, transported aboard the "Cressy" on 28th April 1843, arriving in Tasmania (Van Diemen's Land) [4]
  • William Battye, aged 21, a labourer, who arrived in South Australia in 1858 aboard the ship "Utopia"

Contemporary Notables of the name Battye (post 1700) +

  • Lisa Battye, American animator, known for her work for Disney including: The Lion King 2: Simba's Pride (1998); A Goofy Movie (1995); and Aladdin and the King of Thieves (1996)
  • John Edward Battye (b. 1926), English former professional footballer
  • Donald "Don" Battye (1938-2016), Australian composer, writer and television producer
  • Margaret Battye (1909-1949), Australian lawyer who became influential in politics, business, and the legal advancement of women
  • James Sykes Battye (1871-1954), Australian first chief librarian of the Victoria Public Library and Chancellor of the University of Western Australia

The Battye Motto +

The motto was originally a war cry or slogan. Mottoes first began to be shown with arms in the 14th and 15th centuries, but were not in general use until the 17th century. Thus the oldest coats of arms generally do not include a motto. Mottoes seldom form part of the grant of arms: Under most heraldic authorities, a motto is an optional component of the coat of arms, and can be added to or changed at will; many families have chosen not to display a motto.

Motto: Lumen coeleste sequamur
Motto Translation: May we follow heavenly inspiration.

  1. Lower, Mark Anthony, Patronymica Britannica, A Dictionary of Family Names of the United Kingdom. London: John Russel Smith, 1860. Print.
  2. Bardsley, C.W, A Dictionary of English and Welsh Surnames: With Special American Instances. Wiltshire: Heraldry Today, 1901. Print. (ISBN 0-900455-44-6)
  3. Convict Records Voyages to Australia (Retrieved 17th December 2020). Retrieved from
  4. Convict Records Voyages to Australia (Retrieved 21st May 2021). Retrieved from on Facebook