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Where did the English Button family come from? What is the English Button family crest and coat of arms? When did the Button family first arrive in the United States? Where did the various branches of the family go? What is the Button family history?The name Button has been recorded in British history since the time when the Anglo-Saxons ruled over the region. The name is assumed to have been given to someone who was a maker of buttons. The surname Button is a metonymic name derived from the Old French word boton, which means button.
The first dictionaries that appeared in the last few hundred years did much to standardize the English language. Before that time, spelling variations in names were a common occurrence. The language was changing, incorporating pieces of other languages, and the spelling of names changed with it. Button has been spelled many different ways, including 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 Button 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 Button History in all our PDF Extended History products.
Another 143 words(10 lines of text) are included under the topic Early Button Notables in all our PDF Extended History products.
Some of the Button 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.
Thousands of English families in this era began to emigrate the New World in search of land and freedom from religious and political persecution. Although the passage was expensive and the ships were dark, crowded, and unsafe, those who made the voyage safely were rewarded with opportunities unavailable to them in their homeland. Research into passenger and immigration lists has revealed some of the very first Buttons to arrive in North America:
Button Settlers in the United States in the 17th Century
Button Settlers in the United States in the 18th Century
Button Settlers in the United States in the 19th Century
The Button Family Crest was acquired from the Houseofnames.com archives. The Button 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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