Butcher History, Family Crest & Coats of Arms 

The name Butcher came to England with the ancestors of the Butcher family in the Norman Conquest in 1066. The surname Butcher is for a person who worked as a "butcher." The name is derived from the Old English root "boucher," or the Old French root, "bouchier." Another possible derivation suggests that the name was given to families who dwelt in the French area of Boursieres. The two names have become confused over time, and the derivation of individual cases is subsequently extremely difficult to determine.

Early Origins of the Butcher family

The surname Butcher was first found in Salop (Shropshire) where they held a family seat after the Norman Conquest in 1066. Anciently the family held lands in Burgundy, to which they gave the name Boursieres. [1]

Important Dates for the Butcher family

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Butcher Spelling Variations

Anglo-Norman names are characterized by a multitude of spelling variations. When the Normans became the ruling people of England in the 11th century, they introduced a new language into a society where the main languages of Old and later Middle English had no definite spelling rules. These languages were more often spoken than written, so they blended freely with one another. Contributing to this mixing of tongues was the fact that medieval scribes spelled words according to sound, ensuring that a person's name would appear differently in nearly every document in which it was recorded. The name has been spelled Butcher, Butchere, Butchers, Boucher, Bucher, Buchere, Boutcher and many more.

Early Notables of the Butcher family (pre 1700)

Outstanding amongst the family at this time was Joan Bocher or Joan Boucher or Butcher (died 1550), an English Anabaptist burned at the stake for heresy. She was arrested...
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Migration of the Butcher family to Ireland

Some of the Butcher family moved to Ireland, but this topic is not covered in this excerpt.
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Butcher migration to the United States

For many English families, the political and religious disarray that plagued their homeland made the frontiers of the New World an attractive prospect. Thousands migrated, aboard cramped disease-ridden ships. They arrived sick, poor, and hungry, but were welcomed in many cases with far greater opportunity than at home in England. Many of these hardy settlers went on to make important contributions to the emerging nations in which they landed. Among early immigrants bearing the name Butcher or a variant listed above were:

Butcher Settlers in United States in the 17th Century
  • Francis Butcher who settled in Virginia in 1623
  • Frances Butcher who settled in Virginia in 1623
  • Frances Butcher, who landed in Virginia in 1623 [2]
  • Edward Butcher, who arrived in Virginia in 1643 [2]
  • Mary Butcher, who settled in Virginia in 1643
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Butcher Settlers in United States in the 18th Century
  • John Butcher, who landed in Pennsylvania in 1786 [2]
Butcher Settlers in United States in the 19th Century
  • Samuel Butcher, who landed in New York, NY in 1826 [2]
  • Sophia Butcher, aged 31, who arrived in New York, NY in 1847 [2]
  • Lavinor Butcher, aged 3, who arrived in New York, NY in 1847 [2]
  • W Butcher, aged 31, who landed in New York, NY in 1847 [2]
  • Weymouth Butcher, who arrived in New York, NY in 1847 [2]
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Butcher migration to Australia

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

Butcher Settlers in Australia in the 19th Century
  • William Butcher, English convict from Lancaster, who was transported aboard the "Agamemnon" on April 22, 1820, settling in New South Wales, Australia [3]
  • Thomas Butcher, English convict from Southampton, who was transported aboard the "Arab" on July 3, 1822, settling in Van Diemen's Land, Australia [4]
  • Thomas Butcher, who arrived in Adelaide, Australia aboard the ship "Isabella Watson" in 1846 [5]
  • Thomas Butcher, who arrived in Adelaide, Australia aboard the ship "Isabella Watson" in 1846 [5]
  • John Butcher, who arrived in Adelaide, Australia aboard the ship "Mariner" in 1847 [6]
  • ... (More are available in all our PDF Extended History products and printed products wherever possible.)

Butcher 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:

Butcher Settlers in New Zealand in the 19th Century
  • Mr. William Butcher, British settler arriving as Detachment of the Royal New Zealand Fencibles travelling from Gravesend aboard the ship "Sir George Symour" arriving in Auckland, New Zealand on 26th November 1847 [7]
  • Mrs. Charlotte Butcher, British settler travelling from Gravesend aboard the ship "Sir George Symour" arriving in Auckland, New Zealand on 26th November 1847 [7]
  • Mrs. Mary Butcher, (b. 1822), aged 33, British settler travelling from London aboard the ship "Grasmere" arriving in Lyttelton, Christchurch, South Island, New Zealand on 4th May 1855 [8]
  • Mr. Samuel Butcher, (b. 1823), aged 32, British labourer travelling from London aboard the ship "Grasmere" arriving in Lyttelton, Christchurch, South Island, New Zealand on 4th May 1855 [8]
  • Mr. James Butcher, (b. 1825), aged 30, British labourer travelling from London aboard the ship "Grasmere" arriving in Lyttelton, Christchurch, South Island, New Zealand on 4th May 1855 [8]
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Contemporary Notables of the name Butcher (post 1700)

  • Jacob Franklin Butcher (1936-2017), American banker and politician, financier of the 1982 World's Fair
  • Brigadier-General Edwin Butcher (1879-1950), American Chief of Staff, 3rd Corps Area (1942-1944) [9]
  • Mike Butcher (b. 1965), American Major League Baseball player
  • Fred E. Butcher, American Democrat politician, Candidate for U.S. Representative from Illinois 18th District, 1942 [10]
  • Frank Butcher, American Republican politician, Alternate Delegate to Republican National Convention from Missouri, 1964 [10]
  • Dick Butcher, American politician, Mayor of Payette, Idaho, 1978-89 [10]
  • David F. Butcher, American Republican politician, Alternate Delegate to Republican National Convention from New York, 1900 [10]
  • D. J. Butcher, American Republican politician, Delegate to Republican National Convention from Oregon, 1936 [10]
  • Clarence A. Butcher, American Democrat politician, Delegate to Democratic National Convention from Texas, 1940 [10]
  • Bernard L. Butcher, American Democrat politician, Presidential Elector for West Virginia, 1892 [10]
  • ... (Another 30 notables are available in all our PDF Extended History products and printed products wherever possible.)

Historic Events for the Butcher family

HMS Royal Oak
  • Norman Butcher, British Stoker with the Royal Navy aboard the HMS Royal Oak when she was torpedoed by U-47 and sunk; he survived the sinking [11]
USS Arizona
  • Mr. David Adrian Butcher, American Fireman Second Class from Washington, USA working aboard the ship "USS Arizona" when she sunk during the Japanese attack on Pearl Harbor on 7th December 1941, he died in the sinking [12]

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Citations

  1. ^ The Norman People and Their Existing Descendants in the British Dominions and the United States Of America. Baltimore: Genealogical Publishing, 1975. Print. (ISBN 0-8063-0636-X)
  2. ^ 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)
  3. ^ State Library of Queensland. (Retrieved 2016, October 27) Agamemnon voyage to New South Wales, Australia in 1820 with 179 passengers. Retrieved from http://www.convictrecords.com.au/ships/agamemnon/1820
  4. ^ State Library of Queensland. (Retrieved 2016, October 27) Arab voyage to Van Diemen's Land, Australia in 1822 with 155 passengers. Retrieved from http://www.convictrecords.com.au/ships/arab/1822
  5. ^ State Records of South Australia. (Retrieved 2010, November 5) ISABELLA WATSON 1846. Retrieved from http://www.slsa.sa.gov.au/BSA/1846IsabellaWatson.htm
  6. ^ State Records of South Australia. (Retrieved 2010, November 5) MARINER 1847. Retrieved from http://www.slsa.sa.gov.au/BSA/1847Mariner.htm
  7. ^ New Zealand Yesteryears Passenger Lists 1800 to 1900 (Retrieved 26th March 2019). Retrieved from http://www.yesteryears.co.nz/shipping/passlist.html
  8. ^ New Zealand Yesteryears Passenger Lists 1800 to 1900 (Retrieved 17th October 2018). Retrieved from http://www.yesteryears.co.nz/shipping/passlist.html
  9. ^ Generals of World War II. (Retrieved 2011, November 3) Edwin Butcher. Retrieved from http://generals.dk/general/Butcher/Edwin/USA.html
  10. ^ The Political Graveyard: Alphabetical Name Index. (Retrieved 2016, January 12) . Retrieved from http://politicalgraveyard.com/alpha/index.html
  11. ^ Ships hit by U-boats crew list HMS Royal Oak (08) - (Retrieved 2018 February, 9th) - retrieved from https://uboat.net/allies/merchants/crews/ship68.html
  12. ^ Pearl Harbour: USS Arizona Casualties List Pearl Harbour December 7, 1941. (Retrieved 2018, July 31st). Retrieved from http://pearl-harbor.com/arizona/casualtylist.html
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