Boy name origins & meanings
- Greek : Baptizer; named for John the Baptist
Family 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 (Greekbaptistēs, 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.