Botterill History, Family Crest & Coats of Arms
Botterill is one of the many new names that came to England following the Norman Conquest of 1066. The Botterill family lived in Cornwall. The family name originated in the village of Bottereaux, Normandy. Up until the 12th century, the name was frequently listed as De Boterillis but the family bore the same Arms. One of the first records of the name was Geoffry Boterel, brother of Alan, Count of Pentievre as listed in 1080. His son Hamon was father to William Botterill again mentioned in England in 1130. This William married Alice, a co-heir of Robert Corbet and through the family the Earl of Cornwall was descended.
Early Origins of the Botterill family
The surname Botterill was first found in Cornwall. However, there is records of Aston Botterell, which is a village and small civil parish in Shropshire, and according to the 2001 census it had a population of 74. During the reign of Henry III, it held the rank of a market town.
"This place derives the adjunct to its name from the family of Botterell, by whom the manor was held under the earls of Arundel in the reign of Henry III."  The manor at that time belonging to the family of the Botterells.
The parish of Minster in Cornwall is of some early significance to the family. "This parish, which is situated on the shore of the Bristol Channel, and includes a portion of the small sea-port of Boscastle, was distinguished for a castle built by the family of Bottreaux in the reign of Henry I., of which nothing but the site remains." 
Continuing, "in the grounds of Worthyvale is a stone bearing some rudely-sculptured characters, brought from Slaughter Bridge, in the neighbourhood, and supposed to commemorate a battle fought near that place, in 525, between the Britons and the Saxons, in which King Arthur is said to have been mortally wounded." 
"Reginald gave [the manor of ] Penheale [in the parish of Egloskerry, Cornwall] to William Botterell or Bottreaux, the husband of his aunt Alice Corbet ; and it was afterwards confirmed by him to William Botterell the son, who in 1199 gave a fine of 300 marks and two goshawks for livery of this manor and others in Cornwall. " 
"The estate of Trevethow, [in the parish of Lelant, Cornwall] which is sometimes called the manor of Lelant and Trevethow, belonged at a very early period to the ancient family of Bottreaux; after which it became successively the property of Godolphin and Praed." 
In Devon, "Molland, or Molland Bottreaux, had a dominant position in the hundreds of North Molton, Braunton, and Bampton. Before the Conquest it belonged to Harold, and it passed to William. Shortly after the Conquest it came to the Bottreauxs, whence its second name, and continued in that ancient house until the reign of Henry VI. The church was given by William de Bottreaux to Hartland Abbey. " 
Early History of the Botterill family
This web page shows only a small excerpt of our Botterill research. Another 323 words (23 lines of text) covering the years 1130, 1147, 1155, 1193, 1197, 1198, 1203, 1273, 1273, 1277, 1302, 1500, 1672, 1337, 1391, 1367, 1395, 1389, 1462, 1415 and 1643 are included under the topic Early Botterill History in all our PDF Extended History products and printed products wherever possible.
Botterill Spelling Variations
Anglo-Norman names tend to be marked by an enormous number of spelling variations. This is largely due to the fact that Old and Middle English lacked any spelling rules when Norman French was introduced in the 11th century. The languages of the English courts at that time were French and Latin. These various languages mixed quite freely in the evolving social milieu. The final element of this mix is that medieval scribes spelled words according to their sounds rather than any definite rules, so a name was often spelled in as many different ways as the number of documents it appeared in. The name was spelled Botterill, Bottreaux, Boterel, Boterell, Botterell, Botereus and many more.
Early Notables of the Botterill family (pre 1700)
Outstanding amongst the family at this time was William Boterell, a prominent 13th century landholder in Shropshire; William de Botreaux (1337-1391), 1st Baron Botreaux, a prominent English West-Country baron; William...
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Migration of the Botterill family to Ireland
Some of the Botterill family moved to Ireland, but this topic is not covered in this excerpt. More information about their life in Ireland is included in all our PDF Extended History products and printed products wherever possible.
Botterill migration to Canada +
Because of the political and religious discontent in England, families began to migrate abroad in enormous numbers. Faced with persecution and starvation at home, the open frontiers and generally less oppressive social environment of the New World seemed tantalizing indeed to many English people. The trip was difficult, and not all made it unscathed, but many of those who did get to Canada and the United States made important contributions to the young nations in which they settled. Some of the first North American settlers with Botterill name or one of its variants:
Botterill Settlers in Canada in the 19th Century
- John Botterill, who arrived in Ontario in 1846
Botterill migration to Australia +
Emigration to Australia
followed the First Fleets
of convicts, tradespeople and early settlers. Early immigrants include:
Botterill Settlers in Australia in the 19th Century
- William Botterill, a tailor, who arrived in Van Diemen’s Land (now Tasmania) sometime between 1825 and 1832
Botterill migration to New Zealand +
Emigration to New Zealand followed in the footsteps of the European explorers, such as Captain Cook (1769-70): first came sealers, whalers, missionaries, and traders. By 1838, the British New Zealand Company had begun buying land from the Maori tribes, and selling it to settlers, and, after the Treaty of Waitangi in 1840, many British families set out on the arduous six month journey from Britain to Aotearoa to start a new life. Early immigrants include:
Botterill Settlers in New Zealand in the 19th Century
- Mr. Thomas Botterill, British settler travelling from London aboard the ship "Royal Albert" arriving in Otago, South Island, New Zealand on 6th March 1853 
- Mr. Ambrose Botterill, (b. 1841), aged 37, British settler travelling from London aboard the ship "Western Monarch" arriving in New Zealand in 1879 
Contemporary Notables of the name Botterill (post 1700) +
- William Botterill (1820-1903), English founder of William Botterill and Son, a Kingston upon Hull architectural practice in 1851
- Joyce Botterill (1939-2015), birth name of Judy Carne, an English actress best remembered for the phrase "Sock it to me!" on Rowan & Martin's Laugh-In
- Mr. Hugh Walter Scott Botterill M.B.E., British Lieutenant Commander for the Royal Navy, recipient of Member of the Order of the British Empire on 8th June 2018 
- Joseph Botterill (1862-1920), Australian politician, Liberal Union member of the South Australian Legislative Council from 1915 to 1920
- Michael Botterill (b. 1980), Canadian former CFL football linebacker from Belleville, Ontario who played from 2003 to 2008
- Jennifer Botterill OM (b. 1979), Canadian eight-time gold medalist and four-time silver medalist ice hockey player for Canadian national women's hockey team
- Cal Botterill (b. 1947), Canadian sports psychologist who played for the Canada men's national ice hockey team from 1967 to 1969
- Jason N. Botterill (b. 1976), Canadian former NHL ice hockey player for the Dallas Stars, current Assistant General Manager for the Pittsburgh Penguins
- George Steven Botterill (b. 1949), British chess player, writer and philosopher who won the 1974 British Championship at Clacton
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- ^ Lewis, Samuel, A Topographical Dictionary of England. Institute of Historical Research, 1848, Print.
- ^ Hutchins, Fortescue, The History of Cornwall, from the Earliest Records and Traditions to the Present Time. London: William Penaluna, 1824. Print
- ^ Worth, R.N., A History of Devonshire London: Elliot Stock, 62, Paternoster Row, E.G., 1895. Digital
- ^ New Zealand Yesteryears Passenger Lists 1800 to 1900 (Retrieved 26th March 2019). Retrieved from http://www.yesteryears.co.nz/shipping/passlist.html
- ^ "Birthday and New Year Honours Lists (1940 to 2019)." Issue 62507, 28 December 2018 | London Gazette, The Gazette, Dec. 2018, www.thegazette.co.uk/honours-lists