Batista last name popularity, history, and meaning

Find out how popular the last name Batista is in the United States and learn more about the meaning, history, and race and ethnic origin of people in America who are named Batista.

Meaning of Batista

A Portuguese and Spanish occupational surname referring to one who baptizes or a textile worker who whitens cloth.

Batista, like all of the last names we have data for, is identified by the U.S. Census Bureau as a surname which has more than 100 occurrences in the United States in the Decennial Census survey. The most recent statistics we have for the Batista surname is from the 2010 census data.

Popularity of Batista in America

Batista is the 1974th most popular name in America based on the data we have collected from the U.S. Census Bureau.

The Batista surname appeared 18,323 times in the 2010 census and if you were to sample 100,000 people in the United States, approximately 6 people would have the surname Batista.

We can also compare 2010 data for Batista to data from the previous census in 2000. The table below contains all of the statistics for both years in a side-by-side comparison.

2010 2000 Change (%)
Rank 1974 2530 -24.69%
Count 18,323 13,095 33.28%
Proportion per 100k 6.21 4.85 24.59%

The history of the last name Batista

The surname Batista originated in Spain and Portugal, derived from the Latin name 'Baptista' meaning 'baptist' or 'one who baptizes'. It first appeared as a surname in the Iberian Peninsula during the Middle Ages, around the 12th century.

The name has its roots in the Christian tradition, as it was often given to those who were baptized or who performed baptisms. In some cases, the surname may have been adopted by individuals who lived near a church or monastery dedicated to St. John the Baptist.

One of the earliest recorded instances of the surname Batista can be found in the Catalan region of Spain, where a man named Ramon Batista is mentioned in a document from the year 1235. Another early reference comes from Portugal, where a certain Afonso Batista is recorded as a landowner in the city of Coimbra in the 14th century.

During the Age of Exploration, the surname Batista was carried by Portuguese and Spanish explorers and settlers to various parts of the world, including Latin America and the Caribbean. Notable individuals with this surname include:

  1. Fulgencio Batista (1901-1973), a Cuban military officer and politician who served as the President of Cuba from 1940 to 1944 and again from 1952 to 1959.

  2. Juan Batista de Anza (1736-1788), a Spanish explorer and governor of New Mexico who led several expeditions to establish settlements in present-day California.

  3. Domingo Batista (fl. 16th century), a Portuguese merchant and explorer who was one of the first Europeans to visit present-day South Africa.

  4. José Batista y Cepeda (1765-1844), a Spanish military officer and political leader who served as the President of the State of Panama during the early years of its independence from Colombia.

  5. Enrique Batista (1892-1971), a Cuban painter and sculptor known for his works depicting scenes from everyday life in Cuba.

In some regions, the surname Batista may have evolved into other spellings or variations, such as Bautista or Bautizo, reflecting the different ways in which the name was pronounced or recorded over time.

Race and ethnic origin of people with the last name Batista

We also have some data on the ancestry of people with the surname Batista.

The below race categories are the modified race categories used in the Census Bureau's population estimates program. All people were categorized into six mutually exclusive racial and Hispanic origin groups:

  1. White only
  2. Black only
  3. American Indian and Alaskan Native only
  4. Asian and Pacific Islander only
  5. Hispanic
  6. Two or More Races

For the most recent 2010 census data, the race/ethnic origin breakdown for Batista was:

Race/Ethnicity Percentage Total Occurrences
Non-Hispanic White Only 17.40% 3,188
Non-Hispanic Black Only 1.93% 354
Non-Hispanic Asian and Pacific Islander Only 0.73% 134
Non-Hispanic American Indian and Alaskan Native 0.13% 24
Non-Hispanic of Two or More Races 0.31% 57
Hispanic Origin 79.50% 14,567

Note: Any fields showing (S) means the data was suppressed for privacy so that the data does not in any way identify any specific individuals.

Since we have data from the previous census in 2000, we can also compare the values to see how the popularity of Batista has changed in the 10 years between the two census surveys.

2010 2000 Change (%)
White 17.40% 17.33% 0.40%
Black 1.93% 1.36% 34.65%
Asian and Pacific Islander 0.73% 0.27% 92.00%
American Indian and Alaskan Native 0.13% 0.09% 36.36%
Two or More Races 0.31% 2.86% -160.88%
Hispanic 79.50% 78.08% 1.80%

Data source

The last name data and ethnic breakdown of last names is sourced directly from the Decennial Census survey, conducted every 10 years by the United States Census Bureau.

The history and meaning of the name Batista was researched and written by our team of onomatology and genealogy experts.

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