Anglo-Saxon name Bautry comes from the family having resided in or around the village of Bawtry, a small market town near Doncaster in the West Riding of Yorkshire. The surname may also be derived from residency near an elderberry tree, which was known as the Bor-tree or Baw-tree.
Early Origins of the Bautry family
Yorkshire, where they held a family seat from ancient times.
Early History of the Bautry family
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Bautry Spelling Variations
hundred years, spelling variations in names were a common occurrence. As the English language changed in the Middle Ages, absorbing pieces of Latin and French, as well as other languages, the spelling of people's names also changed considerably, even over a single lifetime. Spelling variants included: Bawtree, Bawtry, Bautre, Bawtre, Bawthrie, Bautry, Bawtrey, Baughtree and many more.
Early Notables of the Bautry family (pre 1700)
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Migration of the Bautry family to the New World and Oceana
In an attempt to escape the chaos experienced in England, many English families boarded overcrowded and diseased ships sailing for the shores of North America and other British colonies. Those families hardy enough, and lucky enough, to make the passage intact were rewarded with land and a social environment less prone to religious and political persecution. Many of these families became important contributors to the young colonies in which they settled. Early immigration and passenger lists have documented some of the first Bautrys to arrive on North American shores: a number of settlers who arrived in the New World before the 19th century.
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