The surname of BATUN was a baptismal name 'the son of Batholomew'. As a given name in Christian Europe, this name derives its popularity from the apostle St. Bartholomew, the patron saint of tanners, vintners and butlers, about whom virtually nothing is known. Early records of the name mention Batin Bythemore Mayster, 1327, County Somerset. Batin Walkelayn of Yorkshire, was listed in the Yorkshire Poll Tax of 1379. Joseph Battin and Elizabeth Purvis were married at St. George's, Hanover Square, London in the year 1774. Originally the coat of arms identified the wearer, either in battle or in tournaments. Completely covered in body and facial armour the knight could be spotted and known by the insignia painted on his shield, and embroidered on his surcoat, the draped garment which enveloped him. Between the 11th and 15th centuries it became customary for surnames to be assumed in Europe, but were not commonplace in England or Scotland before the Norman Conquest of 1066. They are to be found in the Domesday Book of 1086. Those of gentler blood assumed surnames at this time, but it was not until the reign of Edward 11. (1307-1327) that second names became general practice for all people.
A notable member of the name was Jean Batten (1909-82) the New Zealand pioneer aviator. She abandoned a musical career, and by selling her piano, she came to England in 1929, and at 21, took her pilot's licence. In 1934, in a Gypsy Moth she broke Amy Johnson's record for the flight from England to Australia, by nearly five days. She became the first woman to complete the return journey.
The associated arms are recorded in Sir Bernard Burkes General Armory. Ulster King of Arms in 1884.
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