Bouthelier History, Family Crest & Coats of Arms
The name Bouthelier is rooted in the Old French translation a "bouteiller," a name for someone who was in charge of the wine cellar. This person was generally the head of the servants, the administrator of the estates, and held considerable power.
Early Origins of the Bouthelier family
The surname Bouthelier was first found in Normandy where they held a family seat as Seigniors of Wemme. Their ancient title was Butler (Bouteillier) to the Counts of Meulent (Robert de Beaumont about 1066,) the actual family name being Pincerna. This title was then adopted as a surname.
Early History of the Bouthelier family
This web page shows only a small excerpt of our Bouthelier research. Another 172 words (12 lines of text) covering the years 1100, 1066, 1086, 1130, 1650, 1715, 1670, 1663 and 1664 are included under the topic Early Bouthelier History in all our PDF Extended History products and printed products wherever possible.
Bouthelier Spelling Variations
A multitude of spelling variations characterize Norman surnames. Many variations occurred because Old and Middle English lacked any definite spelling rules. The introduction of Norman French to England also had a pronounced effect, as did the court languages of Latin and French. Therefore, one person was often referred to by several different spellings in a single lifetime. The various spellings include Bouteiller, Boutteillier, Bouthellier, Bouteillier, LeBoutillier, LeBouteillier, Boutillier, LeBoutillier, Boutouiller, Botelers, de Buitlier, LeBoutellier, Boutellier and many more.
Early Notables of the Bouthelier family (pre 1700)
Outstanding amongst the family at this time was Elizabeth Boutell, née Davenport (c.1650-1715), British actress who joined the King's Company about 1670. She was accordingly one of the first...
Migration of the Bouthelier family to Ireland
Some of the Bouthelier family moved to Ireland, but this topic is not covered in this excerpt.
Migration of the Bouthelier family
Many English families left England, to avoid the chaos of their homeland and migrated to the many British colonies abroad. Although the conditions on the ships were extremely cramped, and some travelers arrived diseased, starving, and destitute, once in the colonies, many of the families prospered and made valuable contributions to the cultures of what would become the United States and Canada. Research into the origins of individual families in North America has revealed records of the immigration of a number of people bearing the name Bouthelier or a variant listed above: Michel Boutteillier, who came to Philadelphia in 1798; H.G. Bouthellier came to New York in 1820; Charles LeBoutellier to Philadelphia in 1844; and Jean Bouteillier to New York 1896..