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Origin and popularity of the name BATT


Batt : 1: English: from the Middle English personal name Bat(te) probably a pet form of Middle English Bartelmew (see Bartholomew) or perhaps the rarer Bartram (see Bertram).2: English: probably in many cases a variant of Back 2 ‘bat’ (the winged animal) applied as a nickname. The alteration of Middle English bakke to bat is not on record before 1580 but the frequency with which le Bat occurs in medieval documents suggests that this is a likely source of the name. Alternatively it may be from Middle English bat(te) (Old English batt) ‘cudgel club bat’ perhaps for someone of stout appearance or for one who wielded a bat.3: English: topographic name of uncertain meaning. That it is a topographic name seems clear from examples such as Walter atte Batte (Somerset 1327) but the meaning of the term is in doubt although it is found in medieval field names.4: German: from a medieval personal name (from Latin Beatus ‘blessed’) bestowed in honor of the apostle who was reputed to have brought Christianity to Switzerland and southern Germany.


Source : DAFN2 : Dictionary of American Family Names 2nd edition, ©2022 by Patrick Hanks and Oxford University Press
FANBI : The Oxford Dictionary if Family Names in Britain and Ireland, ©2016, University of the West of England
FANBI : The Concise Oxford Dictionary of Family Names in Britain, ©2021, University of the West of England

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