Show ContentsBeutler History, Family Crest & Coats of Arms

The German state of Bavariais the ancestral home of the Beutler family. Hereditary surnames began to be used in Germany during the 12th century. Names like Beutler, that came from the name of the job done by their initial bearer, were very popular. Beutler is an occupational name for a cooper or a barrel maker. Further research revealed that the name is derived from the German word Bute, which means cask or wine barrel. In the Middle Ages, the Beutler family was responsible for making the barrels that held ale, beer and wines. In Bavaria, the Beutler family became renowned for its many branches and for the influential role it played in the social, economic and political development of the region.

Early Origins of the Beutler family

The surname Beutler was first found in Bavaria, where the name Buttner became noted for its many branches within the region where each house acquired a status and influence which was envied by the princes of the region. Over time, the family became a power unto themselves and were elevated to the ranks of nobility.

Early History of the Beutler family

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Beutler Spelling Variations

Many cultural groups lived in the German states in medieval times. Each had its own dialect and traditions, and unique variations of popular names. Low German, which is similar to contemporary Dutch, was spoken in Westphalia. German names are characterized by additions such as regional suffixes and phrases that tell something about the origin or background of its original bearer. Further contributing to the variation in German names was the fact that there were no spelling rules in medieval times: scribes recorded names according to their sound. The recorded spelling variations of Beutler include Buttner, Butner, Buttnner, Butnner, Beuttner, Butener, Buttener, Buttnen, Buttnel, Buttnele, Butnen, Butnel, Butnele, Bottner, Boettner, Buettner, Botner, Boetner and many more.

Early Notables of the Beutler family

Prominent among members of the name Beutler in this period include

  • Benjamin Beutler, born at Mühlhausen near Erfurt 1793; died there 1837; was a friend of Forkel, organist of the Marienkirche, and founder of a choral society for men's voices at Mühlhausen (1830). He...

United States Beutler migration to the United States +

The great European flow of migration to North America, which began in the middle of the 17th century and continued into the 20th century, was particularly attractive to those from Bavaria who wished to escape either poverty or religious persecution. For many Bavarian tenant farmers, the chance to own their own land was a major incentive. So the widespread colonization of the United States began in 1650, when many immigrants from Germany settled in pockets in Pennsylvania, Texas, New York, Illinois, and California. In Canada, German settlement centered in Ontario and the prairie provinces. Among those of this surname listed in various historical records were:

Beutler Settlers in United States in the 18th Century
  • Hans Christ Beutler, who landed in Pennsylvania in 1749 [1]
  • Hans Ulrich Beutler, who arrived in Pennsylvania in 1752 [1]
Beutler Settlers in United States in the 19th Century
  • Jakob Beutler, who arrived in America in 1830 [1]
  • M Beutler, who landed in New York in 1850 [1]
  • Henry Beutler, who arrived in St Clair County, Illinois in 1860 [1]
  • Peter Beutler, aged 21, who arrived in New York in 1868 [1]
  • Pauline Beutler, who arrived in Kentucky in 1881 [1]

Contemporary Notables of the name Beutler (post 1700) +

  • Dr. Larry E. Beutler (b. 1941), American clinical psychologist
  • Jaime Herrera Beutler (b. 1978), American politician, U.S. Representative for Washington's 3rd congressional district
  • Bruce Alan Beutler (b. 1957), American immunologist and geneticist
  • Maja Beutler (1936-2021), Swiss writer who also worked as a translator and for Stadttheater Bern and Schweizer Radio DRS
  • Annette Beutler (b. 1976), Swiss professional racing cyclist

  1. Filby, P. William, Meyer, Mary K., Passenger and immigration lists index : a guide to published arrival records of about 500,000 passengers who came to the United States and Canada in the seventeenth, eighteenth, and nineteenth centuries. 1982-1985 Cumulated Supplements in Four Volumes Detroit, Mich. : Gale Research Co., 1985, Print (ISBN 0-8103-1795-8) on Facebook