Batiste last name popularity, history, and meaning

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

Meaning of Batiste

A French occupational surname referring to a person who made or sold baptismal clothing or candles.

Batiste, 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 Batiste surname is from the 2010 census data.

Popularity of Batiste in America

Batiste is the 5253rd most popular name in America based on the data we have collected from the U.S. Census Bureau.

The Batiste surname appeared 6,640 times in the 2010 census and if you were to sample 100,000 people in the United States, approximately 2 people would have the surname Batiste.

We can also compare 2010 data for Batiste 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 5253 5355 -1.92%
Count 6,640 5,990 10.29%
Proportion per 100k 2.25 2.22 1.34%

The history of the last name Batiste

The surname Batiste originated in France during the medieval period. The name is derived from the French form of the given name "Baptiste," which itself comes from the Latin "Baptista," meaning "Baptist" or "one who baptizes." This given name was relatively common in France and other parts of Europe during the Middle Ages, often given to children baptized by particularly renowned clergymen.

The earliest recorded instance of the surname Batiste can be found in the historic records of the Normandy region of northern France, dating back to the 12th century. These early references indicate that the name was initially concentrated in the areas around Caen and Rouen, though it later spread throughout the country.

In the 13th century, the name appears in the famous "Cartulary of the Abbey of Mont-Saint-Michel," a collection of charters and documents related to the famous abbey located on an island off the coast of Normandy. The Cartulary mentions a "Robertus Batiste" who was a landowner in the region during that time.

One of the earliest notable individuals to bear the surname Batiste was Jean Batiste (c. 1430-1489), a French composer and singer who served as the master of choristers at the Cathedral of Cambrai in northern France during the 15th century.

Another prominent figure was Guillaume Batiste (1524-1584), a French Protestant theologian and minister who was a leading figure in the Reformed Church of France during the tumultuous years of the French Wars of Religion.

In the 17th century, the name appears in the records of the French colony of Acadia (present-day Maritime provinces of Canada), with a "Pierre Batiste" listed as one of the earliest settlers in the region in 1636.

One of the most famous individuals with the surname Batiste was Jean-Baptiste Lully (1632-1687), the Italian-born French composer who was a pivotal figure in the development of French opera and the court composer for King Louis XIV.

Another notable Batiste was Fran├žois Batiste (1670-1751), a French Jesuit missionary and explorer who traveled extensively throughout North America, including the region around the Great Lakes and the Mississippi River Valley.

Race and ethnic origin of people with the last name Batiste

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

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 Batiste was:

Race/Ethnicity Percentage Total Occurrences
Non-Hispanic White Only 4.29% 285
Non-Hispanic Black Only 87.91% 5,837
Non-Hispanic Asian and Pacific Islander Only 0.45% 30
Non-Hispanic American Indian and Alaskan Native 1.39% 92
Non-Hispanic of Two or More Races 3.13% 208
Hispanic Origin 2.83% 188

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 Batiste has changed in the 10 years between the two census surveys.

2010 2000 Change (%)
White 4.29% 4.41% -2.76%
Black 87.91% 90.27% -2.65%
Asian and Pacific Islander 0.45% 0.28% 46.58%
American Indian and Alaskan Native 1.39% 1.02% 30.71%
Two or More Races 3.13% 2.47% 23.57%
Hispanic 2.83% 1.55% 58.45%

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 Batiste was researched and written by our team of onomatology and genealogy experts.

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