This name BATCHELOR was of the nickname group of surnames meaning 'the batchelor' one who was a young knight, a novice in arms. The name was derived from the Old French word 'bacheler' and was brought into England in the wake of the Norman Conquest of 1066. The earliest of the name on record in England, appears to be Roger Bachelere, 1165 county Chester, and Walter le Bachelor, was documented in County Surrey in the year 1203. Jordan le Bachile appears in the year 1273 in County Wiltshire. Edward Bachelor of Yorkshire, was listed in the Yorkshire Poll Tax of 1379. Thomas Bachelor, 1379, ibid. Edmund Bachelor married Elizabeth Swinson in London in the year 1583. William Bachiler of County Worcestershire, registered at Oxford University in 1600. Stephen Bachiler of County Hampshire, registered at Oxford in 1610. Thomas Funston married Cassandria Batchler at St. Mary Aldermary, London in 1651. William Batchelor and Ann Marshall were married at St. George's Chapel, Mayfair, London in 1746. Most of the European surnames were formed in the thirteenth and fourteenth centuries. The process had started somewhat earlier and had continued in some places into the 19th century, but the norm is that in the tenth and eleventh centuries people did not have surnames, whereas by the fifteenth century most of the population had acquired a second name. The name was taken early to Scotland by settlers, and William Bacheler, burgess of Haddington in 1296, appears to be the first of the name on record there. David Bachetar was the serjeant of Forfar in 1472. William Batchler was documented in Glasgow in 1652, and John Batcheler was recorded in Edinburgh in 1686. In many parts of central and western Europe, hereditary surnames began to become fixed at around the 12th century, and have developed and changed slowly over the years. As society became more complex, and such matters as the management of tenure, and in particular the collection of taxes were delegated to special functionaries, it became imperative to distinguish a more complex system of nomenclature to differentiate one individual from another. The arms are recorded in Burkes General Armory. Registered at Aston Clinton in 1606.
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