Meaning and Origin of: Baptiste

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First name origins & meanings:

  • Greek : Baptizer; named for John the Baptist

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Last name origin & meaning:

  • 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.