Last name origins & meanings:
- English: like Bate, a derivative of the Middle English
personal name Batte, a pet form of Bartholomew.
- English: possibly from a Middle English survival of an Old English
personal name or byname Bata, of uncertain origin and meaning,
but perhaps akin to batt ‘cudgel’ and so, as a byname, given to
a thickset man or a belligerent one.
- 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.
- German: from a medieval personal name (Latin Beatus
‘Blessed’), bestowed in honor of the apostle who was reputed to have
brought Christianity to Switzerland and southern Germany.
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