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Today's generation of the Bootle family bears a name that was brought to England by the migration wave that was started by the Norman Conquest of 1066. The Bootle family lived at Bootle in the suburbs of Liverpool, Lancashire. "The name of this place, formerly written "Bothill," is supposed to be derived from the booths erected on a hill above the town, for the watchmen whose duty it was to light the beacon on its summit, upon the discovery of any ships in the Irish Channel which might appear to threaten a descent upon the coast." [1]

Early Origins of the Bootle family

The surname Bootle was first found in Lancashire where they held a family seat from very ancient times. Conjecturally they are descended from Count Roger de Poitou, of Poitou. He was the son of Earl Roger of Poitou, who was one of the Norman nobles in the Battle of Hastings. The name of the hamlet was anciently Boltelai. The Count Poitou (Pictaviens) held Boltelai and numerous other Lordships in Lancashire and the West Riding of Yorkshire. He is recorded in the Domesday Book taken in 1086 A.D. "Four thanes at the time of the Domesday Survey held 'Boltelai' as four manors." [1]

This hamlet later became known as Bootle and ironically, at this time there is no record of any habitation known as Liverpool of which Bootle is now a Borough.

Early rolls had few entries for the name. In fact, the first entries were in the 16th century where the Lancashire Wills at Richmond listed: Matthew Bootle, Lancashire, a scrviniman, 1595; and Thomas Bootle, of Tatham, Lancashire, 1598. A few years later, the Preston Guild Rolls listed Thomas Bootell, Lancashire, 1602; and William Bootell, Lancashire, 1602. [2]

Further to the north in Scotland, Buittle is a parish, in the stewartry of Kirkcud-bright. "This place is of great antiquity, and there are still some remains of its castle, supposed to have been the principal seat of the ancient lords of Galloway. The parish, of which the name is of very uncertain derivation." [3]

Early History of the Bootle family

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Bootle Spelling Variations

Before the last few hundred years the English language had no fixed system of spelling rules. For that reason, spelling variations occurred commonly in Anglo Norman surnames. Over the years, many variations of the name Bootle were recorded, including Butil, Butill, Butel, Bootell, Bootle, Buthill and others.

Early Notables of the Bootle family

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Migration of the Bootle family

The unstable environment in England at this time caused numerous families to board ships and leave in search of opportunity and freedom from persecution abroad in places like Ireland, Australia, and particularly the New World. The voyage was extremely difficult, however, and only taken at great expense. The cramped conditions and unsanitary nature of the vessels caused many to arrive diseased and starving, not to mention destitute from the enormous cost. Still opportunity in the emerging nations of Canada and the United States was far greater than at home and many went on to make important contributions to the cultures of their adopted countries. An examination of many early immigration records reveals that people bearing the name Bootle arrived in North America very early: Catherine, Clementina, George, Jacob, Melchoir, Phillip Junior and Phillip Butel Senior who landed in New York State in 1876.

Contemporary Notables of the name Bootle (post 1700) +

  • William Augustus "Gus" Bootle (1902-2005), American attorney and jurist, who helped oversee desegregation, Senior Judge of the United States District Court for the Middle District of Georgia (1972-2005), Judge of the United States District Court for the Middle District of Georgia (1954-1972)
  • Edward Bootle -Wilbraham (b. 1837), 1st Earl of Lathom, British landowner and politician who served three times as Lord Chamberlain of the Household under Lord Salisbury
  • Edward Bootle -Wilbraham (1771-1853), 1st Baron Skelmersdale, British landowner and politician
  • Stanley Bootle (1929-2014), known as Stan Kelly-Bootle or Stan Kelly, a British author, academic, singer-songwriter and computer scientist from Liverpool, Lancashire
  • Roger Bootle (b. 1952), British economist and a weekly columnist for The Daily Telegraph from Watford, Hertfordshire, Chairman of Capital Economics, awarded the Wolfson Economics Prize in 2012

  1. Lewis, Samuel, A Topographical Dictionary of England. Institute of Historical Research, 1848, Print.
  2. Bardsley, C.W, A Dictionary of English and Welsh Surnames: With Special American Instances. Wiltshire: Heraldry Today, 1901. Print. (ISBN 0-900455-44-6)
  3. Lewis, Samuel, A Topographical Dictionary of Scotland. Institute of Historical Research, 1848, Print. on Facebook