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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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Citations


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Citations



    Other References

    1. Bolton, Charles Knowles. Bolton's American Armory. Baltimore: Heraldic Book Company, 1964. Print.
    2. Markale, J. Celtic Civilization. London: Gordon & Cremonesi, 1976. Print.
    3. Burke, Sir Bernard. Burke's Genealogical and Heraldic History of the Landed Gentry: Including American Families with British Ancestry. (2 Volumes). London: Burke Publishing, 1939. Print.
    4. MacAulay, Thomas Babington. History of England from the Accession of James the Second 4 volumes. New York: Harper and Brothers, 1879. Print.
    5. Colletta, John P. They Came In Ships. Salt Lake City: Ancestry, 1993. Print.
    6. Browning, Charles H. Americans of Royal Descent. Baltimore: Genealogical Publishing. Print.
    7. Bradford, William. History of Plymouth Plantation 1620-1647 Edited by Samuel Eliot Morrison 2 Volumes. New York: Russell and Russell, 1968. Print.
    8. Magnusson, Magnus. Chambers Biographical Dictionary 5th edition. Edinburgh: W & R Chambers, 1990. Print.
    9. Shirley, Evelyn Philip. Noble and Gentle Men of England Or Notes Touching The Arms and Descendants of the Ancient Knightley and Gentle Houses of England Arranged in their Respective Counties 3rd Edition. Westminster: John Bowyer Nichols and Sons, 1866. Print.
    10. Sanders, Joanne McRee Edition. English Settlers in Barbados 1637-1800. Baltimore: Genealogical Publishing. 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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