First name origin & meaning:
Greek: Baptizer; named for John the Baptist
First name variations: Baptista, Baptysta, Battista
Last name origins & meanings:
- French and English: from a medieval personal name, derived from the
distinguishing epithet of St. John the Baptist, who baptized people,
including Jesus Christ, in the river Jordan (Mark 1:9), and was later
beheaded by Herod. The name is from Latin Baptista (Greek
baptistēs, a derivative of the verb baptizein ‘to dip
in liquid’, ‘to baptize’).
- A Baptiste from the Île-de-France is documented in Quebec city
in 1668 with the secondary surname St. Amour.
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