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The Butler surname came to Ireland with the Anglo- Norman invasion of the 12th century, led by the forces of Strongbow. The surname came from a common occupational name for a wine steward or the chief servant of a medieval household. In royal households, the title denoted a high-ranking officer whose duties as a wine steward were merely nominal. Occupational surnames, such as Butler were much quite common to the Anglo-Norman culture, and virtually unknown in Gaelic Irish. The prefix le, meaning the, in French was often used by the early Strongbownians to link a person's first and name and surname. Eventually these prefixes were dropped or became fused onto the beginning of the surname. The surname Butler is derived from Anglo-French "butuiller," which comes from the Old French word "bouteillier." These words are ultimately derived from the Latin words "buticularius," and "buticula," which mean "bottle." The Gaelic form of the surname Butler is de Buitléir.

Butler Early Origins



The surname Butler was first found in the ancient territory of Ormond (now parts of County Kilkenny, Wexford and north Tipperary). The first on record was Theobald FitzWalter, a distinguished Norman noble who accompanied Strongbow and was created the Chief Butler of Ireland in 1177. "He also possessed the barony of Amounderness, Lancashire, which he held in 1165 by service of one knight." [1]CITATION[CLOSE]
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)

"Layton, [Lancashire] is mentioned in the Domesday Survey, and in former times was of some importance as containing a mansion belonging to the ancient family of Botiller or Butler, barons of Warrington." [2]CITATION[CLOSE]
Lewis, Samuel, A Topographical Dictionary of England. Institute of Historical Research, 1848, Print.
His descendents began to use the surname Butler around the year 1220. His direct descendant became Earl of Ormond in 1328 and their stronghold was Kilkenny castle. The family were rivals of the powerful Fitzgeralds and their kin, and the effective government of Ireland was held by one or the other of these two great Norman houses until the death of the Great Duke of Ormond in 1688.

Many members of the family were ardent Jacobites, including the Abbé James Butler of Nantes, who was chaplain to "Bonnie Prince Charlie" during the last Jacobite uprising of 1745. Despite the strong Irish side of the family, the English side remained strong too. Laughton-En-Le-Morthen in the West Riding of Yorkshire was the site of one such family. "Laughton Hall, the ancient seat of the Butler family, is a spacious mansion, commanding extensive views." [2]CITATION[CLOSE]
Lewis, Samuel, A Topographical Dictionary of England. Institute of Historical Research, 1848, Print.


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Butler Spelling Variations


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Butler Spelling Variations



A single person's name was often spelt simply as it sounded by medieval scribes and church officials. An investigation into the specific origins the name Butler has revealed that such a practice has resulted in many spelling variations over the years. A few of its variants include: Butler, Buttler, McRichard and others.

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Butler Early History


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Butler Early History



This web page shows only a small excerpt of our Butler research. Another 261 words (19 lines of text) covering the years 1250, 1359, 1405, 1382, 1391, 1386, 1384, 1392, 1401, 1388, 1389, 1397, 1390, 1467, 1539, 1496, 1546, 1531, 1614, 1601, 1653, 1650, 1627, 1667, 1652, 1740, 1704 and 1745 are included under the topic Early Butler History in all our PDF Extended History products and printed products wherever possible.

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Butler Early Notables (pre 1700)


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Butler Early Notables (pre 1700)



Notable amongst the family up to this time was James Butler, 3rd Earl of Ormond (1359-1405), noble in the Peerage of Ireland, title was Governer of Ireland, acceded to the title in 1382 and built Gowran Castle three years later making it his usual residence, purchased Kilkenny Castle (1391) by deed...

Another 226 words (16 lines of text) are included under the topic Early Butler Notables 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



Ireland went through one of the most devastating periods in its history with the arrival of the Great Potato Famine of the 1840s. Many also lost their lives from typhus, fever and dysentery. And poverty was the general rule as tenant farmers were often evicted because they could not pay the high rents. Emigration to North America gave hundreds of families a chance at a life where work, freedom, and land ownership were all possible. For those who made the long journey, it meant hope and survival. The Irish emigration to British North America and the United States opened up the gates of industry, commerce, education and the arts. Early immigration and passenger lists have shown many Irish people bearing the name Butler:

Butler Settlers in United States in the 17th Century

  • Samuel Butler, who landed in America in 1620
  • Francis Butler, who arrived in Virginia in 1624-1625
  • Geo Butler, aged 27, arrived in Virginia in 1635
  • Gyles Butler, who landed in America in 1635
  • Jo Butler, aged 13, arrived in Virginia in 1635
  • ... (More are available in all our PDF Extended History products and printed products wherever possible.)

Butler Settlers in United States in the 18th Century

  • Richard Butler, who landed in Virginia in 1701
  • Alice Butler, who landed in Virginia in 1702
  • Bridgett Butler, who arrived in Virginia in 1704
  • Edward Butler, who arrived in Virginia in 1706
  • Simon Butler, who arrived in Pennsylvania in 1710
  • ... (More are available in all our PDF Extended History products and printed products wherever possible.)

Butler Settlers in United States in the 19th Century

  • Anthony Butler, who arrived in Charleston, South Carolina in 1803
  • Daniel Butler, who arrived in Charleston, South Carolina in 1806
  • Eliza Butler, who landed in New York, NY in 1816
  • Andrew Butler, who arrived in New York, NY in 1816
  • George Butler, who landed in New York, NY in 1816
  • ... (More are available in all our PDF Extended History products and printed products wherever possible.)

Butler Settlers in Canada in the 18th Century

  • Edward Butler, who arrived in Halifax Nova Scotia in 1749-1752
  • John Butler, who arrived in Nova Scotia in 1750
  • Richard Butler, who arrived in Halifax, Nova Scotia in 1750
  • Edward Butler, who landed in Halifax, Nova Scotia in 1752
  • Mr. Alfred Butler U.E. who settled in Charlotte County, New Brunswick c. 1783 he was part of the Penobscot Association [3]CITATION[CLOSE]
    Rubincam, Milton. The Old United Empire Loyalists List. Genealogical Publishing Co., Inc, 1976. (Originally published as; United Empire Loyalists. The Centennial of the Settlement of Upper Canada. Rose Publishing Company, 1885.) ISBN 0-8063-0331-X
  • ... (More are available in all our PDF Extended History products and printed products wherever possible.)

Butler Settlers in Canada in the 19th Century

  • Alice Elizabeth Butler, who arrived in Nova Scotia in 1810
  • Catherine Butler, who arrived in Nova Scotia in 1818
  • Elizabeth Alice Butler, who arrived in Nova Scotia in 1818
  • Michael Butler, who arrived in Nova Scotia in 1824
  • James Butler, who landed in Nova Scotia in 1825
  • ... (More are available in all our PDF Extended History products and printed products wherever possible.)

Butler Settlers in Australia in the 19th Century

  • Henry Butler, English convict from Middlesex, who was transported aboard the "Almorah" on April 1817, settling in New South Wales, Australia
  • William Butler, English convict from Surrey, who was transported aboard the "Adamant" on March 16, 1821, settling in New South Wales, Australia
  • John Butler, a wool-sorter, arrived in Van Diemen’s Land (now Tasmania) sometime between 1825 and 1832
  • James Butler, English convict from Gloucester, who was transported aboard the "Andromeda" on October 16, 1826, settling in Van Diemen's Land, Australia
  • James Butler, English convict from York, who was transported aboard the "Arab" on February 22, 1834, settling in Van Diemen's Land, Austraila
  • ... (More are available in all our PDF Extended History products and printed products wherever possible.)

Butler Settlers in New Zealand in the 19th Century

  • J G Butler landed in Bay of Islands, New Zealand in 1823
  • Thomas Butler landed in Bay of Islands, New Zealand in 1836
  • James Butler landed in Wellington, New Zealand in 1840 aboard the ship Martha Ridgway
  • J G Butler landed in Wellington, New Zealand in 1840 aboard the ship "Bolton"
  • Thomas Charles Butler landed in Wellington, New Zealand in 1840
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Contemporary Notables of the name Butler (post 1700)


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Contemporary Notables of the name Butler (post 1700)



  • John "Jack" Bradshaw Butler (1927-2013), American NFL football cornerback for the Pittsburgh Steelers, inducted into the Pro Football Hall of Fame (2012)
  • Pierce Butler (1744-1822), American soldier, planter, and statesman, one of United States' Founding Fathers
  • Major-General William Ormond Butler (1895-1962), American Commanding General 6th Air Force (1944-1945)
  • Brigadier-General Frederic Bates Butler (1896-1987), American Commanding General Granite City Engineer Department (1950)
  • Robert Neil Butler (1927-2007), American physician, gerontologist, and psychiatrist awarded the 1976 Pulitzer Prize for General Nonfiction
  • Robert Olen Butler Jr. (b. 1945), American author and winner of the Pulitzer Prize for Fiction in 1993
  • Octavia Estelle Butler (1947-2006), American science fiction writer
  • Nicholas Murray Butler (1862-1947), American educationist
  • Richard Henry Piers Butler (1936-2004), Captain in the Irish Guards, 17th Viscount Mountgarret
  • Sir William Francis Butler (1838-1910), Irish soldier and author
  • ... (Another 11 notables are available in all our PDF Extended History products and printed products wherever possible.)

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Butler Historic Events


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Butler Historic Events




Empress of Ireland

  • Miss Rose Butler, Canadian Second Class Passenger from Toronto, Ontario, Canada who was traveling aboard the Empress of Ireland and died in the sinking on May 29th 1914

Halifax Explosion

  • Mrs. Ethel  Butler (1893-1917), Canadian resident from Halifax, Nova Scotia, Canada who died in the Halifax Explosion on 6th December 1917

HMAS Sydney II

  • Mr. Kenneth Norman Hilton Butler (1920-1941), Australian Supply Assistant from South Perth, Western Australia, Australia, who sailed into battle aboard HMAS Sydney II on the 19th November 1941 and died during the sinking
  • Mr. Stanley Wilfred Butler (1917-1941), Australian Able Seaman from Devonport, New South Wales, Australia, who sailed into battle aboard HMAS Sydney II on the 19th November 1941 and died during the sinking

HMS Hood

  • Mr. Horace A Butler (b. 1894), English Able Seaman serving for the Royal Navy from Northampton, England, who sailed into battle on the HMS Hood and died on 24th May 1941 in the sinking

HMS Repulse

  • Mr. Ivor Butler, British Stoker, who sailed into battle on the HMS Repulse and survived the sinking
  • Mr. Harry Butler, British Able Bodied Seaman, who sailed into battle on the HMS Repulse and survived the sinking
  • Mr. John Butler, British Stoker 1st Class, who sailed into battle on the HMS Repulse and died during the sinking
  • Mr. Leonard Lincoln Butler, British Bandmaster Corporal, who sailed into battle on the HMS Repulse and died during the sinking

Pan Am Flight 103 (Lockerbie)

  • Steven Lee Butler (1953-1988), American Teacher from Denver, Colorado, America, who flew aboard the Pan Am Flight 103 from Frankfurt to Detroit, known as the Lockerbie bombing in 1988 and died

RMS Lusitania

  • Mr. William M. Butler, American 3rd Class passenger from New York, New York, USA, who sailed aboard the RMS Lusitania and died in the sinking
  • Mrs. Margaret Butler, English 2nd Class passenger from Manchester, England, who sailed aboard the RMS Lusitania and died in the sinking and was recovered
  • Mr. Thomas O'Brien Butler, Irish 2nd Class passenger from Ireland, who sailed aboard the RMS Lusitania and died in the sinking
  • Mr. Joseph Butler, English Fireman from Liverpool, England, who worked aboard the RMS Lusitania and died in the sinking

RMS Titanic

  • Mr. Reginald Fenton Butler (d. 1912), aged 25, English Second Class passenger from Southsea, Hampshire who sailed aboard the RMS Titanic and died in the sinking and was recovered by CS Mackay-Bennett

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Suggested Readings for the name Butler


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Suggested Readings for the name Butler



  • The Ancestry of Blanche Butler Ames and Adelbert Ames by Pauline Ames Plimpton.
  • Della Elizabeth Butler Hudson Be.
  • : Her Family and Ancestors by Martha Ann Butler.

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Citations


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Citations



  1. ^ 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)
  2. ^ Lewis, Samuel, A Topographical Dictionary of England. Institute of Historical Research, 1848, Print.
  3. ^ Rubincam, Milton. The Old United Empire Loyalists List. Genealogical Publishing Co., Inc, 1976. (Originally published as; United Empire Loyalists. The Centennial of the Settlement of Upper Canada. Rose Publishing Company, 1885.) ISBN 0-8063-0331-X

Other References

  1. Somerset Fry, Peter and Fiona Somerset Fry. A History of Ireland. New York: Barnes and Noble, 1993. Print. (ISBN 1-56619-215-3).
  2. Rasmussen, Louis J. . San Francisco Ship Passenger Lists 4 Volumes Colma, California 1965 Reprint. Baltimore: Genealogical Publishing, 1978. Print.
  3. Read, Charles Anderson. The Cabinet of Irish Literature Selections from the Works of the Chief Poets, Orators and Prose Writers of Ireland 4 Volumes. London: Blackie and Son, 1884. Print.
  4. Egle, William Henry. Pennsylvania Genealogies Scotch-Irish and German. Harrisburg: L.S. Hart, 1886. Print.
  5. Matthews, John. Matthews' American Armoury and Blue Book. London: John Matthews, 1911. Print.
  6. Leyburn, James Graham. The Scotch-Irish A Social History. Chapel Hill: UNC Press, 1962. Print. (ISBN 0807842591).
  7. Donovan, George Francis. The Pre-Revolutionary Irish in Massachusetts 1620-1775. Menasha, WI: Geroge Banta Publsihing Co., 1932. Print.
  8. Kennedy, Patrick. Kennedy's Book of Arms. Canterbury: Achievements, 1967. Print.
  9. Passenger Lists of Vessels Arriving at Galveston Texas 1896-1951. National Archives Washington DC. Print.
  10. Robb H. Amanda and Andrew Chesler. Encyclopedia of American Family Names. New York: Haper Collins, 1995. Print. (ISBN 0-06-270075-8).
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The Butler Family Crest was acquired from the Houseofnames.com archives. The Butler 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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