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Where did the English Butcher family come from? What is the English Butcher family crest and coat of arms? When did the Butcher family first arrive in the United States? 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.

First found in Salop (Shropshire) where they held a family seat after the Norman Conquest in 1066. Anciently the family held lands in Burgundy, to which they gave the name Boursieres.


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:

Butcher Settlers in the United States in the 17th Century

  • Francis Butcher who settled in Virginia in 1623
  • Frances Butcher who settled in Virginia in 1623
  • Frances Butcher, who landed in Virginia in 1623
  • Edwd Butcher, who arrived in Virginia in 1643
  • Mary Butcher settled in Virginia in 1643

Butcher Settlers in the United States in the 18th Century

  • Jno Butcher, who landed in Pennsylvania in 1786

Butcher Settlers in the United States in the 19th Century

  • Samuel Butcher, who landed in New York, NY in 1826
  • Sophia Butcher, aged 31, arrived in New York, NY in 1847
  • Lavinor Butcher, aged 3, arrived in New York, NY in 1847
  • W Butcher, aged 31, landed in New York, NY in 1847
  • Weymouth Butcher, who arrived in New York, NY in 1847


  • Mike Butcher (b. 1965), American Major League Baseball player
  • Brigadier-General Edwin Butcher (1879-1950), American Chief of Staff, 3rd Corps Area (1942-1944)
  • Alan Raymond Butcher (b. 1954), English cricketer
  • Rosemary Butcher (b. 1947), British choreographer
  • Samuel Henry Butcher (1850-1910), Irish classical scholar
  • John C Butcher (b. 1933), New Zealand mathematician, Professor of Mathematics at the University of Auckland (1989-1998)
  • Stephen Butcher (b. 1946), British television director
  • Peter Butcher (b. 1947), British diplomat, Ambassador to Turkmenistan (2005-)


  • Every Name Index: Gibbens-Butcher Genealogy by George Warren Archer.

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


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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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