Show ContentsBouton History, Family Crest & Coats of Arms

The ancestors of the name Bouton date back to the Anglo-Saxon tribes of Britain. The name is derived from when the Bouton family lived in one of many places called Boughton throughout England. Settlements named Boughton were found in Huntingdonshire, Lincolnshire, Nottinghamshire, and Northamptonshire. Great Boughton is found in Cheshire, and Kent was home to settlements called Boughton Aluph, Boughton Malherbe, Boughton Monchelsea, and Boughton under Blean.

Early Origins of the Bouton family

The surname Bouton was first found in Warwickshire, where this "family of good antiquity, traced to Robert de Boreton, grandfather of William, who lived in the reign of Edward III. " [1]

"Downton Hall [in Downton, Shropshire], the seat of Sir William Rouse Boughton, Bart., to whom the whole property belongs, is a handsome mansion, approached by a beautiful avenue two miles in length, on a gradual ascent, from which the scenery is extensive, romantic, and mountainous, embracing the Titterstone and the Clee hills." [2]

One of the earliest records of the family was Joan Boughton (d. 1494), the English martyr, who "was an old widow of eighty years or more, who held certain of Wycliffe's opinions. She was said to be the mother of a lady named Young, who was suspected of the like doctrines. She was burnt at Smithfield 28 April 1494. " [3]

Early History of the Bouton family

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Bouton Spelling Variations

It is only in the last few hundred years that the English language has been standardized. For that reason, early Anglo-Saxon surnames like Bouton are characterized by many spelling variations. As the English language changed and incorporated elements of other European languages, even literate people changed the spelling of their names. The variations of the name Bouton include: Boughton, Bourton, Borton, Boughten, Bourten, Borten, Bouton, Broughton, Portan and many more.

Early Notables of the Bouton family

Notables of the family at this time include Sir William Boughton, 1st Baronet (1600-1656) of Lawford in the County of Warwick; Sir Edward Boughton, 2nd Baronet (1628-1680); Sir William Boughton, 3rd...
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Bouton Ranking

In the United States, the name Bouton is the 7,428th most popular surname with an estimated 4,974 people with that name. [4] However, in France, the name Bouton is ranked the 900th most popular surname with an estimated 5,715 people with that name. [5]

United States Bouton migration to the United States +

Many English families tired of political and religious strife left Britain for the new colonies in North America. Although the trip itself offered no relief - conditions on the ships were extremely cramped, and many travelers arrived diseased, starving, and destitute - these immigrants believed the opportunities that awaited them were worth the risks. Once in the colonies, many of the families did indeed prosper and, in turn, made significant contributions to the culture and economies of the growing colonies. An inquiry into the early roots of North American families has revealed a number of immigrants bearing the name Bouton or a variant listed above:

Bouton Settlers in United States in the 17th Century
  • Jean Bouton, who landed in Boston, Massachusetts in 1635 [6]
  • John Bouton, who landed in Boston, Massachusetts in 1635 [6]
Bouton Settlers in United States in the 18th Century
  • Leonard Nat Bouton, who arrived in Pennsylvania in 1734 [6]
  • Jan Daniel Bouton, who settled in Philadelphia in 1739
  • Jean Daniel Bouton, who arrived in Pennsylvania in 1739 [6]
  • Johan Daniel Bouton, who landed in Pennsylvania in 1746-1747 [6]
  • Johann Daniel Bouton, who arrived in Philadelphia, Pennsylvania in 1746-1747 [6]
  • ... (More are available in all our PDF Extended History products and printed products wherever possible.)

Canada Bouton migration to Canada +

Some of the first settlers of this family name were:

Bouton Settlers in Canada in the 17th Century
  • Antoine Bouton, who landed in Canada in 1698

Contemporary Notables of the name Bouton (post 1700) +

  • Nathan Bouton, American politician, Member of New York State Assembly from Cortland County, 1858 [7]
  • Joseph W. Bouton (b. 1856), American Republican politician, Common Pleas Court Judge in Pennsylvania 48th District, 1903-29; Candidate for Justice of Pennsylvania State Supreme Court, 1918 [7]
  • Henry H. Bouton, American politician, Member of New York State Assembly from Steuben County 3rd District, 1853 [7]
  • Clarence E. Bouton, American politician, First Selectman of Darien, Connecticut, 1926-27 [7]
  • Arthur F. Bouton (b. 1872), American Republican politician, Member of New York State Senate 29th District, 1923-26; Delegate to New York State Constitutional Convention 29th District, 1938 [7]
  • James Bouton (b. 1939), American baseball player, and writer
  • Joseph W Bouton (b. 1856), American lawyer and judge in Pennsylvania
  • Prisca-Alain Bouton, French Psychologist
  • Daniel Bouton (b. 1950), French civil servant and banker, Chairman and chief executive officer of Société Générale (1997-)
  • Georges Bouton (1847-1938), French automobile manufacturer, one of the founders of the De Dion-Bouton company

The Bouton Motto +

The motto was originally a war cry or slogan. Mottoes first began to be shown with arms in the 14th and 15th centuries, but were not in general use until the 17th century. Thus the oldest coats of arms generally do not include a motto. Mottoes seldom form part of the grant of arms: Under most heraldic authorities, a motto is an optional component of the coat of arms, and can be added to or changed at will; many families have chosen not to display a motto.

Motto: Omne bonum Dei donum
Motto Translation: Every good is the gift of God.

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  2. Lewis, Samuel, A Topographical Dictionary of England. Institute of Historical Research, 1848, Print.
  3. Smith, George (ed), Dictionary of National Biography. London: Smith, Elder & Co., 1885-1900. Print
  4. "What are the 5,000 Most Common Last Names in the U.S.?".,
  6. Filby, P. William, Meyer, Mary K., Passenger and immigration lists index : a guide to published arrival records of about 500,000 passengers who came to the United States and Canada in the seventeenth, eighteenth, and nineteenth centuries. 1982-1985 Cumulated Supplements in Four Volumes Detroit, Mich. : Gale Research Co., 1985, Print (ISBN 0-8103-1795-8)
  7. The Political Graveyard: Alphabetical Name Index. (Retrieved 2016, January 29) . Retrieved from on Facebook