Origin of surname
We have been unable to find any information specifically relating to the derivation of Battam, but Battams is a much more common English name, of Anglo-Saxon origin, and denoting someone living in a dell, hollow or broad valley, deriving from the old English "bothm, botm". In some instances the name may also be specifically locational from any of the various places in the north of England named with the above word, for example, Bottom (o'the Moor), Lancashire; and Bottoms in South Nottinghamshire and the West Riding of Yorkshire.
The earliest Battam records are the burial of Mathieu, a soldier, in 1667, and the baptisms of William and Richard, sons of William and Catherine Yong (Jong?) in 1689 and 1691 respectively, but this line appears to have died out. Richard was buried in the same year that he was born. William and Catherine were married in St Clement in 1687.
It is believed that brothers William and John Battam moved from Kent to Jersey where they married Blampied sisters (see tree below). Some sources show their father John born in St Clement, and his father John dying in Jersey, but there are no church records to support this.
- Battam baptisms in Jersey
- Battam marriages in Jersey (groom)
- Battam marriages in Jersey (bride)
- Battam burials in Jersey
Great War service
- Battam family members who served in World War 1
- Presentation to Lance-Corporal Harold Battam, MM, at the Town Hall
These wills created by members of the Battam family are now held by Jersey Archive. By visiting the archive site and using the names, dates and reference numbers 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
- Battam : Christine Lydia Amelia , widow of Herbert Coombs, of Sandybrook Hospital, St Peter - 07/May/1970 , 07/May/1970 , D/Y/B1/145/10
- Battam : Georgina Mary , widow of Frederick Richard Crumpton, of St Helier House, St Helier and formerly of Casa-Loma, Langley Avenue, St Saviour - 07/May/1959 , 09/Feb/1971 , D/Y/B1/155/26
- Battam : Harold William , of 6, Cottage, 24, Seaton Place, St Helier - 22/Jul/1971 , 31/Dec/1971 , D/Y/B1/168/41
- Battam : Jane , of St Clement - 12/Feb/1868 , 14/Mar/1868 , D/Y/A/34/22
- Battam : Marie , nee Disquet, widow of Francis Philip Charles Bertram, of Zephyr Cottage, Dicq Road - 23/Jun/1947 , 06/Jul/1956 , D/Y/B1/36/31
Harold Battam with colleague Charles Risbridger
By an extraordinary coincidence, the same week that the family picture above was sent to us by a Battam descendant, the postcard below was spotted on an online auction site. Our suspicion that it was sent by Harold Battam MM was confirmed by a handwriting comparison. Written perhaps to his former teacher, the card shows the theatre at Le Havre, which has been crudely scribbled over in an attempt to disguise the location and comply with wartime censorship requirements.
Unfortunately the card bears no postmark - just the censor's stamp - so it is impossible to know whether it was sent before or after the act of heroism which led to Harold being awarded the Military Medal. We suspect, however, that it was sent in 1915 when he must have passed through Le Havre with his regiment, on the way to the front
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