Batton is an English and French ([ˈbatɔ̃]) surname with several proposed etymologies. In English it may be a diminutive form of Batt – itself derived from the Middle English Batte, a pet form of Bartholomew – and in French a variant of Baston. The occurrence in Germany is attributable to the influx of Huguenot refugees in the 17th and 18th century. Notable people with this name include:
Chris Batton (born 1954), former American baseball pitcher
Dave Batton (born 1956), retired American basketball player
Désiré-Alexandre Batton (1798–1855), French composer
Gary Batton (born 1966), Native American politician
J. D. Batton (1911–1981), American municipal police chief
A staff or truncheon, used for various purposes
"the baton of a field marshal"
The stick of a conductor in musical performances.
An object transferred by runners in a relay race.
A short stout club used primarily by policemen; a truncheon UK.
An abatement in coats of arms to denote illegitimacy. (Also spelled batune, baston).
A riband with the ends cut off, resembling a baton, as shown on a coat of arms.
A short vertical lightweight post, not set into the ground, used to separate wires in a fence.
To strike with a baton.
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