In ancient Scotland
, the first people to use the name Batwell were part of a tribe known as the Strathclyde Britons
. The name 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
name derived from the word battle.
Early Origins of the Batwell family
The surname Batwell 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 Batwell family
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Batwell Spelling Variations
Prior to the first dictionaries, scribes spelled words according to sound. This, and the fact that Scottish names were repeatedly translated from Gaelic to English and back, contributed to the enormous number of spelling variations
in Scottish names. Batwell has been spelled Battle, Battell, Battel, Battaile, Battail and others.
Early Notables of the Batwell family (pre 1700)
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Migration of the Batwell family to Ireland
Some of the Batwell family moved to Ireland
, but this topic is not covered in this excerpt.Another 45 words (3 lines of text) about their life in Ireland is included in all our PDF Extended History products and printed products wherever possible.
Migration of the Batwell family to the New World and Oceana
In such difficult times, the difficulties of raising the money to cross the Atlantic to North America did not seem so large compared to the problems of keeping a family together in Scotland
. It was a journey well worth the cost, since it was rewarded with land and freedom the Scots could not find at home. The American War of Independence
solidified that freedom, and many of those settlers went on to play important parts in the forging of a great nation. Among them: Elizabeth Battle who settled in Virginia in 1654; Matthew Battle settled in Virginia in 1647; John settled there in 1654; Thomas in 1652; another Thomas settled in Massachusetts in 1635.