Bottrell History, Family Crest & Coats of Arms

The Norman Conquest of England in 1066 brought much change to the island nation, including many immigrants with new names. Among these immigrants were the ancestors of the Bottrell family, who 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 Bottrell family

The surname Bottrell 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." [1] 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." [1]

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." [1]

"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. " [2]

"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." [2]

Early History of the Bottrell family

This web page shows only a small excerpt of our Bottrell 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 Bottrell History in all our PDF Extended History products and printed products wherever possible.

Bottrell 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 Bottrell were recorded, including Botterill, Bottreaux, Boterel, Boterell, Botterell, Botereus and many more.

Early Notables of the Bottrell 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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Ireland Migration of the Bottrell family to Ireland

Some of the Bottrell 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.


Australia Bottrell migration to Australia +

Emigration to Australia followed the First Fleets of convicts, tradespeople and early settlers. Early immigrants include:

Bottrell Settlers in Australia in the 19th Century
  • Mr. William Bottrell, (b. 1812), aged 25, Cornish shoemaker, from Penzance, Cornwall, UK travelling aboard the ship "Alfred" arriving in New South Wales, Australia on 31st December 1837 [3]
  • John Bottrell, who arrived in Adelaide, Australia aboard the ship "Duke of Roxburghe" in 1838 [4]
  • Anne Bottrell, who arrived in Adelaide, Australia aboard the ship "Duke of Roxburghe" in 1838 [4]
  • Frances Eustacia Bottrell, who arrived in Adelaide, Australia aboard the ship "Duke of Roxburghe" in 1838 [4]
  • Sarah Bottrell, who arrived in Adelaide, Australia aboard the ship "Duke of Roxburghe" in 1838 [4]
  • ... (More are available in all our PDF Extended History products and printed products wherever possible.)

New Zealand Bottrell 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:

  • Mr. Henry W. Bottrell, (b. 1858), aged 16, Cornish labourer departing on 16th June 1874 aboard the ship "Tweed" going to Bluff or Otago, New Zealand arriving in port on 14th September 1874 [5]
Bottrell Settlers in New Zealand in the 19th Century
  • Mr. Henry W Bottrell, (b. 1858), aged 16, Cornish labourer from Cornwall travelling from London aboard the ship "Tweed" arriving in Port Chalmers, Dunedin, Otago, South Island, New Zealand on 4th September 1874 [6]
  • Miss Mary E Bottrell, (b. 1853), aged 21, Cornish servant from Cornwall travelling from London aboard the ship "Tweed" arriving in Port Chalmers, Dunedin, Otago, South Island, New Zealand on 4th September 1874 [6]
  • Eliza Bottrell, aged 20, a servant, who arrived in Wellington, New Zealand aboard the ship "Hermione" in 1878
  • Miss Mary E. Bottrell, (b. 1853), aged 21, Cornish servant departing on 16th June 1874 aboard the ship "Tweed" going to Bluff or Otago, New Zealand arriving in port on 14th September 1874 [5]

Contemporary Notables of the name Bottrell (post 1700) +

  • Laura Bottrell, American actress, known for Divide (2006), What Goes On (2007) and The 40-Year-Old Virgin (2005)
  • David Dean Bottrell, American actor, known for his work on And the Band Played On (1993), Kingdom Come (2001) and Mandie and Earring (2015)
  • William A. "Bill" Bottrell (b. 1952), American record producer, songwriter and musician, perhaps best known as the producer for the Grammy Award winning "All I Wanna Do" by Sheryl Crow
  • Marie Bottrell (b. 1961), Canadian country music singer and songwriter, inducted into the Canadian Country Music Hall of Fame in 2010


  1. ^ Lewis, Samuel, A Topographical Dictionary of England. Institute of Historical Research, 1848, Print.
  2. ^ Hutchins, Fortescue, The History of Cornwall, from the Earliest Records and Traditions to the Present Time. London: William Penaluna, 1824. Print
  3. ^ Cornwall Online Parish Clerks. (Retrieved 3rd May 2018). Retrieved from http://www.opc-cornwall.org/Resc/pdfs/emigration_bounty_nsw.pdf
  4. ^ State Records of South Australia. (Retrieved 2010, November 5) The DUKE OF ROXBURGE. Retrieved from http://www.slsa.sa.gov.au/BSA/1838DukeOfRoxburghe.htm
  5. ^ Cornwall Online Parish Clerks. (Retrieved 2018, April 30). Emigrants to other ports, 1872 - 84 [PDF]. Retrieved from http://www.opc-cornwall.org/Resc/pdfs/new_zealand_assisted.pdf
  6. ^ New Zealand Yesteryears Passenger Lists 1800 to 1900 (Retrieved 26th March 2019). Retrieved from http://www.yesteryears.co.nz/shipping/passlist.html


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