Batson Coat of Arms
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Origin, Meaning and Family History of the Batson Name
Origins of Batson:
The surname of Batson is derived from the country of England, and is believed to stem directly from the English personal given name of “Batt,” which can be translated to mean “son of Bate,” or “son of Batt.” Both the nicknames “Batt,” and “Bate” are said to be shortened forms of the personal given name of “Bartholomew,” or from the Old English Pre 7th Century personal given name of “Bata.” The personal given name of “Bartholomew,” itself comes from the Aramaic patronymic word of “bartalmay,” which can be translated to mean “having many furrows.” Thus, the personal given name of “Bartholomew,” can be translated to mean “rich in land,” and was a very popular personal given name in the Middle Ages, both because of the luck associated with those who were given this name, and also because of St. Bartholomew. St. Bartholomew was the patron saint of tanners, vinters, and butlers, and was a popular name among the Christians of the Middle Ages, both because of the notoriety of the saint, but also because of the returning crusaders from the Holy Land. The Old English nickname of “Bata,” is said to be a nickname. It is a common element of surnames throughout Europe that many of them originally derived from nicknames, as it was a very common practice in medieval times. In the beginning, nicknames were applied to people who had distinguishing characteristics, such as moral or mental peculiarities, a similar appearance to a bird or animal, a similar disposition to a bird or animal, occupation of an individual, their habits, or their manner of dress. In the case of the nickname of “Bata,” it can be translated to mean “batt,” which can be translated to mean “cudgel.” This nickname of “Bata,” was given to a man who was stout, or thicker than most other men.
More common variations are: Bateson, Battson, Bates, Batts, Batkin, Bate, Batt, Batey, Bartle, Badson, Battsoon, Battison
The first recorded spelling of the surname of Batson can be traced to the country of England. One person by the name of Bate de Butwick was mentioned in the document known as the Hundred Rolls of the county of Lincolnshire in the year of 1273. This document was ordered, decreed, and written under the reign of one King Edward I of England, who was known throughout the ages and commonly referred to as “The Hammer of the Scots.” King Edward I of England was such nicknames because of the trials, conquests, and horrors that he placed among the people of Scotland throughout his reign. King Edward I of Scotland ruled from the year of 1272 to the year of 1307. Other mentions of the surname of Batson within the country of England include one Martha Battson, who was the daughter of Richard Battson and Sarah Battson, and who was baptized in January of the year of 1642 in the city of London. One Thomas Bateson was recorded in the document known as the Poll Tax Records of the West Riding of Yorkshire in the year of 1659.
United States of America:
Within the United States of America, there is a sizable population of people who bear the surname of Batson, due to the large migration of people who arrived in the United States. This large movement of people was known as the European Migration. Among those who migrated to the United States of America, which at that time was known as the New World or the Colonies, was one Stephen Batson, who arrived in the state of Maine in the year of 1636.
Here is the population distribution of the last name Batson: United States 10,622; England 1,291; Australia 719; Canada 428; Barbados 364; Guyana 267; Trinidad and Tobago 208; Panama 98; Tanzania 97; Israel 82
Wayne Thomas Batson (born in 1968) who was a writer from the United States of America.
Ruth M. Batson (1921-2003) who was an education activist and civil rights activist from the United States of America.
Captain Matthew Arlington Batson (1866-1917) who served as a United States Army Officer, and who was the recipient of the Medal of Honor for his actions in the Philippine-American War, and who was from the United States of America.
Felix Ives Batson (1819-1871) who was a lawyer and politician, and who was very well-known, was also from the United States of America.
Daniel Batson (born in 1943) who is a social psychologist from the United States of America.
Batson Coat of Arms Meaning
The two main devices (symbols) in the Batson blazon are the bat wing and lion. The four main tinctures (colors) are argent, sable, or and gules.
Argent is the heraldic metal Silver and is usually shown as very pure white. It is also known more poetically as pearl, moon (or luna) 1Understanding Signs & Symbols – Heraldry, S. Oliver & G. Croton, Quantum, London, 2013, P53. In a sketch or drawing it is represented by plain, unmarked paper 2A Glossary of Terms used in British Heraldry, J.H. Parker, Oxford, 1847, P11.
Sable, the deep black so often found in Heraldry is believed to named from an animal of the marten family know in the middle ages as a Sabellinœ and noted for its very black fur 3A Glossary of Terms used in British Heraldry, J.H. Parker, Oxford, 1894, Entry:Sable. In engravings, when colors cannot be shown it is represented as closely spaced horizontal and vertical lines, and appropriately is thus the darkest form of hatching, as this method is known 4Boutell’s Heraldry, J.P. Brooke-Little, Warne, (revised Edition) London 1970, P 26. Although it may seem a sombre tone, and does indeed sometimes denote grief, it is more commonly said to represent Constancy 5The Symbolisms of Heraldry, W. Cecil Wade, George Redway, London, 1898 P35.
The bright yellow colour frequently found in coats of arms is known to heralds as Or, or sometimes simply as Gold.6Boutell’s Heraldry, J.P. Brooke-Little, Warne, (revised Edition) London 1970, P 27. Along with, argent, or silver it forms the two “metals” of heraldry – one of the guidelines of heraldic design is that silver objects should not be placed upon gold fields and vice versa 7A Complete Guide to Heraldry, A.C. Fox-Davies, Bonanza (re-print of 1909 Edition), New York, 1978, P85. The yellow colour is often associated with the Sun, and the zodiacal sign of Leo.8Understanding Signs & Symbols – Heraldry, S. Oliver & G. Croton, Quantum, London, 2013, P53.
Red in heraldry is given the name Gules, sometimes said to be the “martyr’s colour”9The Symbolisms of Heraldry, W. Cecil Wade, George Redway, London, 1898 P36. The colour is also associated with Mars, the red planet, and the zodiacal sign Aries 10Understanding Signs & Symbols – Heraldry, S. Oliver & G. Croton, Quantum, London, 2013, P53. Later heralds of a more poetical nature would sometimes refer to the colour as ruby, after the precious stone.11A Complete Guide to Heraldry, A.C. Fox-Davies, Bonanza (re-print of 1909 Edition), New York, 1978, P77.
Birds of great variety occur throughout heraldry, at least in name 12A Complete Guide to Heraldry, A.C. Fox-Davies, Bonanza (re-print of 1909 Edition), New York, 1978, P233. In truth, despite the proliferation of species, the actual depictions can sometimes be hard to distinguish! The crane, heron and stork are commonly to be found on a coat of arms but all tend to share the same stylised appearance 13A Glossary of Terms used in British Heraldry, J.H. Parker, Oxford, 1847, P164. The bat wing is one of the more unusual examples of the usage of flying creatures in heraldry.
The art of heraldry would be significantly poorer if we were without the lion in all its forms. Most general works on Heraldry devote at least one chapter solely to this magnificent creature and its multifarious depictions 14A Complete Guide to Heraldry, A.C. Fox-Davies, Bonanza (re-print of 1909 Edition), New York, 1978, P172 15Boutell’s Heraldry, J.P. Brooke-Little, Warne, (revised Edition) London 1970, P 63 16Understanding Signs & Symbols – Heraldry, S. Oliver & G. Croton, Quantum, London, 2013, P140. Some of the earliest known examples of heraldry, dating right back to the knighting of Geoffrey of Anjou in 1127, where he is shown with six such beasts upon his shield 17A Treatise on Heraldry, J. Woodward, W & A.K Johnston, Edinburgh & London, 1896, P45 .The great authority on heraldic symbology, Wade, points out the high place that the lion holds in heraldry, “as the emblem of deathless courage” 18The Symbolisms of Heraldry, W. Cecil Wade, George Redway, London, 1898 P60, a sentiment echoed equally today.