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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.

Botcher Early Origins



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.

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Botcher Spelling Variations


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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.

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Botcher Early History


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Botcher Early History



This web page shows only a small excerpt of our Botcher research. Another 357 words (26 lines of text) covering the years 1273, 1450, 1548, 1549, and 1550 are included under the topic Early Botcher History in all our PDF Extended History products and printed products wherever possible.

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Botcher Early Notables (pre 1700)


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Botcher Early Notables (pre 1700)



Another 38 words (3 lines of text) are included under the topic Early Botcher Notables in all our PDF Extended History products and printed products wherever possible.

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Botcher In Ireland


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Botcher In 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.

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The Great Migration


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The Great Migration



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 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.

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Contemporary Notables of the name Botcher (post 1700)


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Contemporary Notables of the name Botcher (post 1700)



  • James Botcher, American Democrat politician, Delegate to Democratic National Convention from New York, 1980

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Motto


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Motto



The motto was originally a war cry or slogan. Mottoes first began to be shown with arms in the 14th and 15th centuries, but were not in general use until the 17th century. Thus the oldest coats of arms generally do not include a motto. Mottoes seldom form part of the grant of arms: Under most heraldic authorities, a motto is an optional component of the coat of arms, and can be added to or changed at will; many families have chosen not to display a motto.

Motto: Be steady
Motto Translation: Be steady


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Citations


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Citations



    Other References

    1. Magnusson, Magnus. Chambers Biographical Dictionary 5th edition. Edinburgh: W & R Chambers, 1990. Print.
    2. Weis, Frederick Lewis, Walter Lee Sheppard and David Faris. Ancestral Roots of Sixty Colonists Who Came to New England Between 1623 and 1650 7th Edition. Baltimore: Genealogical Publishing, 1992. Print. (ISBN 0806313676).
    3. Papworth, J.W and A.W Morant. Ordinary of British Armorials. London: T.Richards, 1874. Print.
    4. Bardsley, C.W. A Dictionary of English and Welsh Surnames: With Special American Instances. Wiltshire: Heraldry Today, 1901. Print. (ISBN 0-900455-44-6).
    5. Burke, Sir Bernard. Genealogical and Heraldic History of the Peerage and Baronetage, The Privy Council, Knightage and Compainonage. London: Burke Publishing, 1921. Print.
    6. Markale, J. Celtic Civilization. London: Gordon & Cremonesi, 1976. Print.
    7. Hanks, Patricia and Flavia Hodges. A Dictionary of Surnames. Oxford: Oxford University Press, 1988. Print. (ISBN 0-19-211592-8).
    8. Cook, Chris. English Historical Facts 1603-1688. London: MacMillan, 1980. Print.
    9. Egle, William Henry. Pennsylvania Genealogies Scotch-Irish and German. Harrisburg: L.S. Hart, 1886. Print.
    10. Fairbairn. Fairbain's book of Crests of the Families of Great Britain and Ireland, 4th Edition 2 volumes in one. Baltimore: Heraldic Book Company, 1968. Print.
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    The Botcher Family Crest was acquired from the Houseofnames.com archives. The Botcher 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.

    This page was last modified on 7 January 2016 at 12:23.

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