Type Surname (from occupation)
Other Forms FormsBachelor, Bacheller, Bachelder, Batchler, Batcheller, Batchelder, Batchellor
Edit Status Status
Meaning & History
Status name for a young knight or novice at arms, deriving from Middle English and Old French bacheler (from medieval Latin baccalarius), a word of unknown ultimate origin. The word had already been extended to mean "(young) unmarried man" by the 14th century, but it is unlikely that many bearers of the surname derive from the word in that sense. It is a long established surname in England and Scotland, but the name has Anglo-Norman roots, and may also refer to a person in the glassmaking trade.