The Spanish surname Batista is derived from the Spanish term for Baptist and is taken from devotion to John the Baptist. The name is first found in Aragon in the north of Spain. Notable people with the last name Batista include Fulgencio Batista, president of Cuba 1940 to1944 and US back dictator from 1952 to 1959. Today there are approximately 13,000 bearers of the surname Batista living in the United States.
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