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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.

Butcher Early Origins



The surname Butcher was 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.

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Butcher Spelling Variations


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Butcher Spelling Variations



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.

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Butcher Early History


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Butcher Early History



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 and printed products wherever possible.

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Butcher Early Notables (pre 1700)


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Butcher Early Notables (pre 1700)



Another 38 words (3 lines of text) are included under the topic Early Butcher Notables in all our PDF Extended History products and printed products wherever possible.

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Butcher In Ireland


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Butcher In Ireland



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 and printed products wherever possible.

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The Great Migration


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The Great Migration



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 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
  • Edward Butcher, who arrived in Virginia in 1643
  • Mary Butcher settled in Virginia in 1643
  • ... (More are available in all our PDF Extended History products and printed products wherever possible.)

Butcher Settlers in United States in the 18th Century

  • John Butcher, who landed in Pennsylvania in 1786

Butcher Settlers in 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
  • ... (More are available in all our PDF Extended History products and printed products wherever possible.)

Butcher Settlers in Australia in the 19th Century

  • William Butcher, English convict from Lancaster, who was transported aboard the "Agamemnon" on April 22, 1820, settling in New South Wales, Australia [1]CITATION[CLOSE]
    State Library of Queensland. (Retrieved 2016, October 27) Agamemnon voyage to New South Wales, Australia in 1820 with 179 passengers. Retrieved from http://www.convictrecords.com.au/ships/agamemnon/1820
  • Thomas Butcher, English convict from Southampton, who was transported aboard the "Arab" on July 3, 1822, settling in Van Diemen's Land, Australia [2]CITATION[CLOSE]
    State Library of Queensland. (Retrieved 2016, October 27) Arab voyage to Van Diemen's Land, Australia in 1822 with 155 passengers. Retrieved from http://www.convictrecords.com.au/ships/arab/1822
  • Thomas Butcher arrived in Adelaide, Australia aboard the ship "Isabella Watson" in 1846
  • Thomas Butcher arrived in Adelaide, Australia aboard the ship "Isabella Watson" in 1846
  • John Butcher arrived in Adelaide, Australia aboard the ship "Mariner" in 1847
  • ... (More are available in all our PDF Extended History products and printed products wherever possible.)

Butcher Settlers in New Zealand in the 19th Century

  • J. Butcher arrived in Wellington, New Zealand aboard the ship "Wild Duck" in 1860
  • John Butcher, aged 27, a labourer, arrived in Wellington, New Zealand aboard the ship "Woodlark" in 1874
  • Eliza Butcher, aged 27, arrived in Wellington, New Zealand aboard the ship "Woodlark" in 1874
  • George Butcher, aged 4, arrived in Wellington, New Zealand aboard the ship "Woodlark" in 1874
  • John Butcher, aged 3 months, arrived in Wellington, New Zealand aboard the ship "Woodlark" in 1874
  • ... (More are available in all our PDF Extended History products and printed products wherever possible.)

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Contemporary Notables of the name Butcher (post 1700)


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Contemporary Notables of the name Butcher (post 1700)



  • Brigadier-General Edwin Butcher (1879-1950), American Chief of Staff, 3rd Corps Area (1942-1944)
  • Fred E. Butcher, American Democrat politician, Candidate for U.S. Representative from Illinois 18th District, 1942
  • Frank Butcher, American Republican politician, Alternate Delegate to Republican National Convention from Missouri, 1964
  • Dick Butcher, American politician, Mayor of Payette, Idaho, 1978-89
  • David F. Butcher, American Republican politician, Alternate Delegate to Republican National Convention from New York, 1900
  • D. J. Butcher, American Republican politician, Delegate to Republican National Convention from Oregon, 1936
  • Clarence A. Butcher, American Democrat politician, Delegate to Democratic National Convention from Texas, 1940
  • Bernard L. Butcher, American Democrat politician, Presidential Elector for West Virginia, 1892
  • Benjamin H. Butcher (1854-1937), American Democrat politician, Member of Colorado State House of Representatives; Member of Colorado State Senate; Presidential Elector for West Virginia, 1912
  • Allan K. Butcher Jr., American Democrat politician, Delegate to Democratic National Convention from Texas, 1996; Candidate for Texas State Board of Education 14th District, 1998
  • ... (Another 28 notables are available in all our PDF Extended History products and printed products wherever possible.)

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Suggested Readings for the name Butcher


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Suggested Readings for the name Butcher



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

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Motto


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Motto



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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Citations


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Citations



  1. ^ State Library of Queensland. (Retrieved 2016, October 27) Agamemnon voyage to New South Wales, Australia in 1820 with 179 passengers. Retrieved from http://www.convictrecords.com.au/ships/agamemnon/1820
  2. ^ State Library of Queensland. (Retrieved 2016, October 27) Arab voyage to Van Diemen's Land, Australia in 1822 with 155 passengers. Retrieved from http://www.convictrecords.com.au/ships/arab/1822

Other References

  1. Colletta, John P. They Came In Ships. Salt Lake City: Ancestry, 1993. Print.
  2. Thirsk, Joan. The Agrarian History of England and Wales. Cambridge: Cambridge University Press: 7 Volumes. Print.
  3. Cook, Chris. English Historical Facts 1603-1688. London: MacMillan, 1980. Print.
  4. Leeson, Francis L. Dictionary of British Peerages. Baltimore: Genealogical Publishing, 1986. Print. (ISBN 0-8063-1121-5).
  5. Innes, Thomas and Learney. The Tartans of the Clans and Families of Scotland 1st Edition. Edinburgh: W & A. K. Johnston Limited, 1938. Print.
  6. Magnusson, Magnus. Chambers Biographical Dictionary 5th edition. Edinburgh: W & R Chambers, 1990. Print.
  7. Bede, The Venerable. Historia Ecclesiatica Gentis Anglorum (The Ecclesiastical History Of the English People). Available through Internet Medieval Sourcebook the Fordham University Centre for Medieval Studies. Print.
  8. The Norman People and Their Existing Descendants in the British Dominions and the United States Of America. Baltimore: Genealogical Publishing, 1975. Print. (ISBN 0-8063-0636-X).
  9. Ingram, Rev. James. Translator Anglo-Saxon Chronicle 1823. Print.
  10. Crozier, William Armstrong Edition. Crozier's General Armory A Registry of American Families Entitled to Coat Armor. New York: Fox, Duffield, 1904. Print.
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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.

This page was last modified on 26 April 2016 at 05:11.

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