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Where did the English Butcher family come from? What is the English Butcher family crest and coat of arms? Where did the various branches of the family go? What is the Butcher family history?The name Butcher came to England with the ancestors of the Butcher family in the Norman Conquest in 1066. The surname Butcher is for a person who worked as a "butcher." The name is derived from the Old English root "boucher," or the Old French root, "bouchier." Another possible derivation suggests that the name was given to families who dwelt in the French area of Boursieres. The two names have become confused over time, and the derivation of individual cases is subsequently extremely difficult to determine.
Anglo-Norman names are characterized by a multitude of spelling variations. When the Normans became the ruling people of England in the 11th century, they introduced a new language into a society where the main languages of Old and later Middle English had no definite spelling rules. These languages were more often spoken than written, so they blended freely with one another. Contributing to this mixing of tongues was the fact that medieval scribes spelled words according to sound, ensuring that a person's name would appear differently in nearly every document in which it was recorded. The name has been spelled Butcher, Butchere, Butchers, Boucher, Bucher, Buchere, Boutcher and many more.
This web page shows only a small excerpt of our Butcher research. Another 357 words(26 lines of text) covering the years 1273, 1450, 1548, 1549, and 1550 are included under the topic Early Butcher History in all our PDF Extended History products.
Another 38 words(3 lines of text) are included under the topic Early Butcher Notables in all our PDF Extended History products.
Some of the Butcher family moved to Ireland, but this topic is not covered in this excerpt. Another 154 words(11 lines of text) about their life in Ireland is included in all our PDF Extended History products.
For many English families, the political and religious disarray that plagued their homeland made the frontiers of the New World an attractive prospect. Thousands migrated, aboard cramped disease-ridden ships. They arrived sick, poor, and hungry, but were welcomed in many cases with far greater opportunity than at home in England. Many of these hardy settlers went on to make important contributions to the emerging nations in which they landed. Among early immigrants bearing the name Butcher or a variant listed above were:
The motto was originally a war cry or slogan. Mottoes first began to be shown with arms in the 14th and 15th centuries, but were not in general use until the 17th century. Thus the oldest coats of arms generally do not include a motto. Mottoes seldom form part of the grant of arms: Under most heraldic authorities, a motto is an optional component of the coat of arms, and can be added to or changed at will; many families have chosen not to display a motto.
Motto: Be steady
Motto Translation: Be steady
The Butcher Family Crest was acquired from the Houseofnames.com archives. The Butcher Family Crest was drawn according to heraldic standards based on published blazons. We generally include the oldest published family crest once associated with each surname.
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