Batta is primarily used as a surname.
As a family name
Batta(Punjabi family surname found in Punjab)(India) region. The Batta surname is found among Sikhs and Hindus. Scholars say that Batta is of one the Khatri surnames which is of Brahmin origin (along with Khukhrains (who claim to be Khatris), Khanna, Seth, Tangri, etc.) and therefore not of Kamboj origin which is the origin of most of the Khatri clans .Batta (Bhatta) is said to be derived from Bhat/Bhatt a Brahmin surname.The Pakistani branch of this surname is known as Butt whereas the Indian counterpart in Punjab region of India is known as Batta. Batta mostly found in Khanna, Nabha,Ludhiana,Amritsar,Raikot etc.
Batta is a family name used in several regions of the world. The first mention of Batta as a surname was in Hungry-Romania region. There is a place know as Százhalombatta, where in 11th century the local revolted against the rules, http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Sz%C3%A1zhalombatta. There were many people killed. The hills surround the area was known as 100 hills of Batta. A lot of people moved out of the area and the dispersion of Batta, Batey started in Europe. Migrations occurred to the south and west.
Batta is more often used as a family name in Europe, though it is also used in India and less so in middle eastern countries.
During the British Raj, Batta was a military term, probably derived from the Kanarese bhatta (rice in the husk), meaning a special allowance made to officers, soldiers, or other public servants in the field.