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Early Origins of the Baty family

The surname Baty 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 Baty family

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Baty Spelling Variations

During the era when a person's name, tribe and posterity was one of his most important possessions, many different spellings were found in the archives examined. Baty occurred in many references, and spelling variations of the name found included Beattie, Beatty, Beaty, Beatie, Betay, Bety and others.

Early Notables of the Baty family (pre 1700)

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Baty Ranking

In the United States, the name Baty is the 8,970th most popular surname with an estimated 2,487 people with that name. [3] However, in France, the name Baty is ranked the 3,712nd most popular surname with an estimated 1,500 - 2,000 people with that name. [4]

Ireland Migration of the Baty family to Ireland

Some of the Baty family moved to Ireland, but this topic is not covered in this excerpt.
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United States Baty migration to the United States +

Gradually becoming disenchanted with life in Ireland many of these uprooted families sailed aboard the armada of sailing ships known as the "White Sails" which plied the stormy Atlantic. These overcrowded ships often arrived with only 60 to 70% of their original passenger list, many dying of illness and the elements, were buried at sea. In North America, early immigrants bearing the family name Baty, or a spelling variation of the surname include:

Baty Settlers in United States in the 17th Century
  • Barbery Baty, who landed in Virginia in 1664 [5]
Baty Settlers in United States in the 19th Century
  • Robert Baty, aged 31, who arrived in New York in 1812 [5]
  • Patrick and Nancy Baty, who arrived in Oswegatchie, New York in 1823
  • A Baty, who arrived in San Francisco, California in 1851 [5]
  • F M Baty, who arrived in San Francisco, California in 1851 [5]
  • R Baty, who landed in San Francisco, California in 1851 [5]

New Zealand Baty 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:

Baty Settlers in New Zealand in the 19th Century
  • Jacob Baty, who landed in Nelson, New Zealand in 1842 aboard the ship Clifford

Contemporary Notables of the name Baty (post 1700) +

  • Gregory James "Greg" Baty (b. 1964), former American football tight end who played from 1986 to 1994
  • Richard Baty (d. 1758), English divine, born at Arthuret, Cumberland [6]
  • Patrick Baty (b. 1956), British historian of architectural paint and colour
  • Thomas Baty (1869-1954), British lawyer who spent much of his career working for the Imperial Japanese government
  • Raymond Rallier du Baty (1881-1978), French sailor and explorer; he took part in the 1904-1907 Third French Antarctic Expedition led by Jean-Baptiste Charcoy, eponym of the Péninsule Rallier du Baty in the Kerguelen Archipelago
  • Jean-Baptiste-Marie-Gaston Baty (1885-1952), French playwright and director

The Baty 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. "What are the 5,000 Most Common Last Names in the U.S.?".,
  5. 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)
  6. Wikisource contributors. "Dictionary of National Biography, 1885-1900." Wikisource . Wikisource , 4 Jun. 2018. Web. 6 June 2019 on Facebook