Bitting History, Family Crest & Coats of Arms

Bitting is one of the many new names that came to England following the Norman Conquest of 1066. The name Bitting comes from the Old English given name Batte, a pet form of Bartholomew.

Early Origins of the Bitting family

The surname Bitting 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.” [1]

Important Dates for the Bitting family

This web page shows only a small excerpt of our Bitting research. Another 77 words (6 lines of text) covering the years 1200, 1500, 1600, 1600, 1667, 1661, 1667, 1687, 1743, 1720 and 1630 are included under the topic Early Bitting History in all our PDF Extended History products and printed products wherever possible.

Bitting Spelling Variations

It is only in the last few hundred years that the English language has been standardized. For that reason, Anglo-Norman surnames like Bitting are characterized by many spelling variations. Scribes and monks in the Middle Ages spelled names they sounded, so it is common to find several variations that refer to a single person. As the English language changed and incorporated elements of other European languages such as Norman French and Latin, even literate people regularly changed the spelling of their names. The variations of the name Bitting include Batten, Battin, Battyne, Baten, Batin, Batton and many more.

Early Notables of the Bitting 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...
Another 38 words (3 lines of text) are included under the topic Early Bitting Notables in all our PDF Extended History products and printed products wherever possible.

Bitting migration to the United States

Faced with the chaos present in England at that time, many English families looked towards the open frontiers of the New World with its opportunities to escape oppression and starvation. People migrated to North America, as well as Australia and Ireland in droves, paying exorbitant rates for passages in cramped, unsafe ships. Many of the settlers did not make the long passage alive, but those who did see the shores of North America were welcomed with great opportunity. Many of the families that came from England went on to make essential contributions to the emerging nations of Canada and the United States. Some of the first immigrants to cross the Atlantic and come to North America carried the name Bitting, or a variant listed above:

Bitting Settlers in United States in the 18th Century
  • John Bitting, who arrived in Pennsylvania in 1760 [2]
Bitting Settlers in United States in the 19th Century
  • I Bitting, who landed in San Francisco, California in 1860 [2]
  • Mrs. H. C. Bitting, aged 31, who settled in America from Edinburgh, Scotland in 1892
  • H. C. Bitting, aged 36, who landed in America from Edinburgh, Scotland in 1892
  • W. Bitting, aged 9, who landed in America, in 1896
Bitting Settlers in United States in the 20th Century
  • A.C. Bitting, who landed in America, in 1905
  • Hettie E. Bitting, aged 52, who immigrated to the United States, in 1909
  • Anna Biedler Bitting, aged 56, who settled in America, in 1914
  • Samuel T. Bitting, aged 23, who immigrated to the United States, in 1916

Contemporary Notables of the name Bitting (post 1700)

  • Michelle Bitting (b. 1964), American poet, Poet Laureate of Pacific Palisades, CA (2012)

Citations

  1. ^ Lowe, Mark Anthony, Patronymica Britannica, A Dictionary of Family Names of the United Kingdom. London: John Russel Smith, 1860. Print.
  2. ^ 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)
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