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Why Batenburg? Wychen is an insignificant suburb of Nijmegen, gaining only some national fame when the "Vierdaagse" (four-day walk) is held and severly injured are treated and the healthy people are greeted with gladiolen for some weird reason...
Batenburg is an old town, with in its heighdays 650 inhabtants, and possibly the oldest settlement in Gelderland. Legend has it that its name is derived from prince Bato, of the Batavian tribe (or people), c.0 AD. There was a redoubtable castle defending the honor of Prince Bato's descendants, which, alas, has become derelict. Another reason (well, that is what I thought), was that Batenburg ain't that different from "Battenberg", or as the British know it: "Mountbatten". However there is no relation whatsoever, but Wycheners expect the British to be gullible :-)
Nickname: "Keieschijters" - people who s*** rocks - towns were
privileged in getting far earlier hardened streets than village (like Wychen).
Source: Derkwillem Visser's "Gemeentevlaggen en Wapens Koninkrijk der Nederlanden", 2001.
Groot Schimpnamenboek van Nederland, by Dirk van der Heide, 1998.
Jarig Bakker, 17 Apr 2005
The municipal arms of Batenburg was not from the Lords of Bronkhorst,
but from the oldest Lords of Batenburg. The Bronkhorsten had a white lion
on red. When they acquired Batenburg they quartered their family arms with
that of the lordship.
Marcel van Westerhoven, 24 Apr 2005