Bataille family page
Pierre Bataille and his wife Elizabeth, nee Wyatt
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Origins of surname
This is the French word for 'battle', but experts on French surnames cannot agree on how it became a surname. There are bizarre suggestions from otherwise usually reliable sources suggesting that it might have been given to somebody with an inclination to self-harm. It seems much more likely that it either referred to a participant in a battle, or to someone living in one of the many locations throughout France with bataille as part of their name, such as Castillon-la-Bataille, where the final battle of the Hundred Years War was fought.
The name first appeared in Jersey records in the mid-19th century.
Great War service
- James Renault Bataille (1879- ) son of Pierre and Elizabeth Matilda Wyatt, Private, RJGB
- George Thomas John Bataille (1892- ), son of George James and Emma Le Huquet, husband of Laura Le Neveu, Private, Hampshire Regiment
- Philip Adolphe Bataille (1880- ) son of Pierre andElizabeth Wyatt, Sapper, RE
This will created by a member of the Bataille family is now held by Jersey Archive. By visiting the archive site and using the names, date and reference number shown here, it is possible to view a copy of each will. You will have to subscribe to the Archive's online service to do this. To find out more about this collection, which covers the period from 1663 to 1980, and how to search for your family's wills there, visit our Jersey wills page
- James Bataille, 3 South Cottages, Hue Street, St Helier - 19 February 1936, D/Y/A/98