Show ContentsButerfield History, Family Crest & Coats of Arms

The name Buterfield is part of the ancient legacy of the Anglo-Saxon tribes of Britain. It is a product of when the family lived in Butterfield, a place in the West Riding of Yorkshire now lost to the modern map. [1] The surname was also familiar in Lancashire, where it is still quite common today. The place-name undoubtedly referred to a meadow particularly suited to dairy cows resulting in exceptional production of milk, cream, and butter. [2]

Early Origins of the Buterfield family

The surname Buterfield was first found in the West Riding of Yorkshire where the earliest record of the family was found in the Yorkshire Poll Tax Rolls of 1379. Willelmus de Botterfeld and Isabella Botterfeld, both held lands there at that time. [3]

While there is no doubt that Yorkshire is the homeland of the Buterfield family, we would be remiss is we did not mention that Hugh de Buteresfeld was recorded in the Pipe Rolls for Berkshire in 1199. Later in Berkshire, Phillip de Butterfeld was recorded in the Curia Regis Rolls for 1231. [1]

Early History of the Buterfield family

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Buterfield Spelling Variations

The first dictionaries that appeared in the last few hundred years did much to standardize the English language. Before that time, spelling variations in names were a common occurrence. The language was changing, incorporating pieces of other languages, and the spelling of names changed with it. Buterfield has been spelled many different ways, including Butterfield, Buttersfield, Botterfield, Boutterfield and many more.

Early Notables of the Buterfield family (pre 1700)

Notables of the family at this time include Robert Butterfield (fl. 1629), an English controversialist who received his academical education at St. John's College, Cambridge. [4] Swithun Butterfield (d. 1611), was...
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Migration of the Buterfield family

Thousands of English families in this era began to emigrate the New World in search of land and freedom from religious and political persecution. Although the passage was expensive and the ships were dark, crowded, and unsafe, those who made the voyage safely were rewarded with opportunities unavailable to them in their homeland. Research into passenger and immigration lists has revealed some of the very first Buterfields to arrive in North America: Henry Butterfeild who arrived in Virginia in 1623; Richard Butterfeild, who came to Virginia in 1670; and Henry Butterfeild, who arrived in Virginia in 1699.

  1. Reaney, P.H and R.M. Wilson, A Dictionary of English Surnames. London: Routledge, 1991. Print. (ISBN 0-415-05737-X)
  2. Smith, Eldson Coles, New Dictionary of American Family Names New York: Harper & Row, 1956. Print
  3. Bardsley, C.W, A Dictionary of English and Welsh Surnames: With Special American Instances. Wiltshire: Heraldry Today, 1901. Print. (ISBN 0-900455-44-6)
  4. Smith, George (ed), Dictionary of National Biography. London: Smith, Elder & Co., 1885-1900. Print on Facebook