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Where did the English Butterfield family come from? What is the English Butterfield family crest and coat of arms? When did the Butterfield family first arrive in the United States? Where did the various branches of the family go? What is the Butterfield family history?The ancestors of the Butterfield surname lived among the ancient Anglo-Saxon culture. The name comes from when they lived in Butterfield, a place in the West Riding of Yorkshire now lost to the modern map. The surname was also familiar in Lancashire, where it is still quite common today. The place-name undoubtedly referred to a meadow particularly suited to dairy cows resulting in exceptional production of milk, cream, and butter.
Before English spelling was standardized a few hundred years ago, spelling variations of names were a common occurrence. Elements of Latin, French and other languages became incorporated into English through the Middle Ages, and name spellings changed even among the literate. The variations of the surname Butterfield include Butterfield, Buttersfield, Botterfield, Boutterfield and many more.
First found in Berkshire, where they held a family seat from very early times.
This web page shows only a small excerpt of our Butterfield research. Another 278 words(20 lines of text) covering the years 1199, 1231, 1300, and 1379 are included under the topic Early Butterfield History in all our PDF Extended History products.
More information is included under the topic Early Butterfield Notables in all our PDF Extended History products.
A great wave of immigration to the New World was the result of the enormous political and religious disarray that struck England at that time. Families left for the New World in extremely large numbers. The long journey was the end of many immigrants and many more arrived sick and starving. Still, those who made it were rewarded with an opportunity far greater than they had known at home in England. These emigrant families went on to make significant contributions to these emerging colonies in which they settled. Some of the first North American settlers carried this name or one of its variants:
Butterfield Settlers in the United States in the 17th Century
Butterfield Settlers in the United States in the 18th Century
Butterfield Settlers in the United States in the 19th Century
The Butterfield Family Crest was acquired from the Houseofnames.com archives. The Butterfield 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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