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Where did the English Buton family come from? What is the English Buton family crest and coat of arms? When did the Buton family first arrive in the United States? Where did the various branches of the family go? What is the Buton family history?Buton is an Anglo-Saxon name. The name was originally given to a maker of buttons. The surname Buton is a metonymic name derived from the Old French word boton, which means button.
One relatively recent invention that did much to standardize English spelling was the printing press. However, before its invention even the most literate people recorded their names according to sound rather than spelling. The spelling variations under which the name Buton has appeared include Button, Bitton, Buttoner, Buton, Biton, Buttons, Boutin, Bouttin, Bouton, Boutton, Budden, Buddan, Boudin, Bouddin, Buttan, Buddon, Buddin, Butten, Buttin, Butting, Budding, Buttane and many more.
First found in Hampshire and later in Gloucestershire and Somerset. Lower says the family can be traced to the 13th century in Hampshire where Sir Walter de Button was progenitor of the family about 1216 A.D. The family had flourished for several centuries in that county, intermarrying with many distinguished families, supplementing their estates with marriages of the heiresses of the Furneaux, Bryan, Turbevilles, Bassets and others. William of Bitton I (d. 1264,) also listed as William Button was a medieval Bishop of Bath and Wells. His nephews included another William of Bitton (d. 1274,) was also Bishop of Bath and Wells; and William's brother, a Thomas of Bitton (d. 1307,) an archdeacon and dean of Wells, and later Bishop of Exeter (1291-1307).
This web page shows only a small excerpt of our Buton research. Another 299 words(21 lines of text) covering the years 1713, 1355, 1355, 1665, 1625, 1648, 1680, 1624, 1679, 1659 and 1679 are included under the topic Early Buton History in all our PDF Extended History products.
Another 143 words(10 lines of text) are included under the topic Early Buton Notables in all our PDF Extended History products.
Some of the Buton family moved to Ireland, but this topic is not covered in this excerpt. Another 39 words(3 lines of text) about their life in Ireland is included in all our PDF Extended History products.
At this time, the shores of the New World beckoned many English families that felt that the social climate in England was oppressive and lacked opportunity for change. Thousands left England at great expense in ships that were overcrowded and full of disease. A great portion of these settlers never survived the journey and even a greater number arrived sick, starving, and without a penny. The survivors, however, were often greeted with greater opportunity than they could have experienced back home. These English settlers made significant contributions to those colonies that would eventually become the United States and Canada. An examination of early immigration records and passenger ship lists revealed that people bearing the name Buton arrived in North America very early:
Buton Settlers in the United States in the 18th Century
The Buton Family Crest was acquired from the Houseofnames.com archives. The Buton 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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