The following was taken from an English newspaper many years ago. I want to share it with all of you named Batty.
What’s your name ?
In Yorkshire, this surname is too familiar, and people are too polite, for it to be the subject of silly jokes. Which is just as well.
It is an honorable name enough, and in some families can mean an origin from La Bathie, In Normandy, which also gives the surname Bathy. So does the Welsh Ap- or Ab- Adde, meaning the son of Adarn, which should be early enough for anyone.
But most families called Batty, or Batt, derive their name from a Christian name, held no doubt by successive eldest sons for generations. Bat or Batty was the nickname for Bartholomew. This Bible name, originally Hebrew, means abounding in furrows, and was immensely popular In England from the time of the Norman Conquest.
It is responsible for a host of surnames, such as Bate, Bateson, Bateman and Bartle, but in Yorkshire the Batty form is most general, led by a Dyota Batty In the Yorkshire Poll Tax reurns for 1379.
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