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Where did the English Buttin family come from? What is the English Buttin family crest and coat of arms? When did the Buttin family first arrive in the United States? Where did the various branches of the family go? What is the Buttin family history?

The ancient name of Buttin finds its origins with the ancient Anglo-Saxon culture of Britain. It comes from a name for a maker of buttons. The surname Buttin is a metonymic name derived from the Old French word boton, which means button.

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Sound was what guided spelling in the essentially pre-literate Middle Ages, so one person's name was often recorded under several variations during a single lifetime. Also, before the advent of the printing press and the first dictionaries, the English language was not standardized. Therefore, spelling variations were common, even among the names of the most literate people. Known variations of the Buttin family name 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).


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This web page shows only a small excerpt of our Buttin research. Another 299 words(21 lines of text) covering the years 1713, 1355, 1355, 1584, 1655, 1614, 1629, 1665, 1625, 1648, 1680, 1624, 1679, 1659, 1679 and 1646 are included under the topic Early Buttin History in all our PDF Extended History products.

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Another 207 words(15 lines of text) are included under the topic Early Buttin Notables in all our PDF Extended History products.

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Some of the Buttin 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.

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For political, religious, and economic reasons, thousands of English families boarded ships for Ireland, the Canadas, the America colonies, and many of smaller tropical colonies in the hope of finding better lives abroad. Although the passage on the cramped, dank ships caused many to arrive in the New World diseased and starving, those families that survived the trip often went on to make valuable contributions to those new societies to which they arrived. Early immigrants bearing the Buttin surname or a spelling variation of the name include :

Buttin Settlers in the United States in the 19th Century


  • Joseph Buttin, who arrived in New York in 1836

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The Buttin Family Crest was acquired from the Houseofnames.com archives. The Buttin 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.

This page was last modified on 26 July 2013 at 14:23.

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