Botcher is an ancient Norman name that arrived in England
after the Norman Conquest
of 1066. It is a name 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.
Early Origins of the Botcher family
The surname Botcher 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.
Early History of the Botcher family
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Botcher 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 Botcher were recorded, including Butcher, Butchere, Butchers, Boucher, Bucher, Buchere, Boutcher and many more.
Early Notables of the Botcher family (pre 1700)
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Migration of the Botcher family to Ireland
Some of the Botcher 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.
Migration of the Botcher family to the New World and Oceana
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
, 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 Botcher arrived in North America very early: Frances Butcher who settled in Virginia in 1623; followed by John in 1649; another John settled in Barbados in 1678; Thomas settled in Jamaica in 1690.
Contemporary Notables of the name Botcher (post 1700)
- James Botcher, American Democrat politician, Delegate to Democratic National Convention from New York, 1980 CITATION[CLOSE]
The Political Graveyard: Alphabetical Name Index. (Retrieved 2016, January 7) . Retrieved from http://politicalgraveyard.com/alpha/index.html