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The history of the name Botton dates back to the ancient Anglo-Saxon culture of Britain. It is derived from a member of the family who worked as a maker of buttons. The surname Botton is a metonymic name derived from the Old French word boton, which means button.

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The surname Botton was first found in Hampshire and later in Gloucestershire and Somerset. Lower says the family can be traced to the 13th century in Hampshire where Sir Walter de Button was progenitor of the family about 1216 A.D. The family had flourished for several centuries in that county, intermarrying with many distinguished families, supplementing their estates with marriages of the heiresses of the Furneaux, Bryan, Turbevilles, Bassets and others. William of Bitton I (d. 1264,) also listed as William Button was a medieval Bishop of Bath and Wells. His nephews included another William of Bitton (d. 1274,) was also Bishop of Bath and Wells; and William's brother, a Thomas of Bitton (d. 1307,) an archdeacon and dean of Wells, and later Bishop of Exeter (1291-1307).

Only recently has spelling become standardized in the English language. As the English language evolved in the Middle Ages, the spelling of names changed also. The name Botton has undergone many spelling variations, including Button, Bitton, Buttoner, Buton, Biton, Buttons, Boutin, Bouttin, Bouton, Boutton, Budden, Buddan, Boudin, Bouddin, Buttan, Buddon, Buddin, Butten, Buttin, Butting, Budding, Buttane and many more.


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This web page shows only a small excerpt of our Botton research. Another 299 words (21 lines of text) covering the years 1713, 1355, 1355, 1584, 1655, 1614, 1629, 1665, 1625, 1648, 1680, 1624, 1679, 1659, 1679, 1620 and 1646 are included under the topic Early Botton History in all our PDF Extended History products.

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Another 287 words (20 lines of text) are included under the topic Early Botton Notables in all our PDF Extended History products.

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Some of the Botton family moved to Ireland, but this topic is not covered in this excerpt. Another 39 words (3 lines of text) about their life in Ireland is included in all our PDF Extended History products.

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Some of the first settlers of this family name were:

Botton Settlers in Australia in the 19th Century


  • Edward Botton arrived in Holdfast Bay, Australia aboard the ship "Canton" in 1838

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  • Frédéric Botton (1937-2008), French lyricist and composer
  • Alain de Botton FRSL (b. 1969), Swiss-born, British-based philosopher, writer, and television presenter
  • Dame Janet Frances de Botton DBE (b. 1952), née Wolfson, a British art collector and philanthropist


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  10. Thirsk, Joan. The Agrarian History of England and Wales. Cambridge: Cambridge University Press: 7 Volumes. Print.
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The Botton Family Crest was acquired from the Houseofnames.com archives. The Botton 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.

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