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Origins Available: German, Irish
The Butler surname came to Ireland with the Anglo- Norman invasion of the 12th century, led by the forces of Strongbow. The surname came from a common occupational name for a wine steward or the chief servant of a medieval household. In royal households, the title denoted a high-ranking officer whose duties as a wine steward were merely nominal. Occupational surnames, such as Butler were much quite common to the Anglo-Norman culture, and virtually unknown in Gaelic Irish. The prefix le, meaning the, in French was often used by the early Strongbownians to link a person's first and name and surname. Eventually these prefixes were dropped or became fused onto the beginning of the surname. The surname Butler is derived from Anglo-French "butuiller," which comes from the Old French word "bouteillier." These words are ultimately derived from the Latin words "buticularius," and "buticula," which mean "bottle." The Gaelic form of the surname Butler is de Buitléir.
The surname Butler was first found in the ancient territory of Ormond (now parts of County Kilkenny, Wexford and north Tipperary). The first on record was Theobald FitzWalter, a distinguished Norman noble who accompanied Strongbow and was created the Chief Butler of Ireland in 1177. His descendents began to use the surname around the year 1220. His direct descendant became Earl of Ormond in 1328 and their stronghold was Kilkenny castle. The family were rivals of the powerful Fitzgeralds and their kin, and the effective government of Ireland was held by one or the other of these two great Norman houses until the death of the Great Duke of Ormond in 1688. Many members of the family were ardent Jacobites, including the Abbé James Butler of Nantes, who was chaplain to "Bonnie Prince Charlie" during the last Jacobite uprising of 1745.
A single person's name was often spelt simply as it sounded by medieval scribes and church officials. An investigation into the specific origins the name Butler has revealed that such a practice has resulted in many spelling variations over the years. A few of its variants include: Butler, Buttler, McRichard and others.
This web page shows only a small excerpt of our Butler research. Another 261 words (19 lines of text) covering the years 1250, 1359, 1405, 1382, 1391, 1386, 1384, 1392, 1401, 1388, 1389, 1397, 1390, 1467, 1539, 1496, 1546, 1531, 1614, 1601, 1653, 1650, 1627, 1667, 1652, 1740, 1704 and 1745 are included under the topic Early Butler History in all our PDF Extended History products.
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Ireland went through one of the most devastating periods in its history with the arrival of the Great Potato Famine of the 1840s. Many also lost their lives from typhus, fever and dysentery. And poverty was the general rule as tenant farmers were often evicted because they could not pay the high rents. Emigration to North America gave hundreds of families a chance at a life where work, freedom, and land ownership were all possible. For those who made the long journey, it meant hope and survival. The Irish emigration to British North America and the United States opened up the gates of industry, commerce, education and the arts. Early immigration and passenger lists have shown many Irish people bearing the name Butler:
Butler Settlers in United States in the 17th Century
- Samuel Butler, who landed in America in 1620
- Francis Butler, who arrived in Virginia in 1624-1625
- Geo Butler, aged 27, arrived in Virginia in 1635
- Gyles Butler, who landed in America in 1635
- Jo Butler, aged 13, arrived in Virginia in 1635
Butler Settlers in United States in the 18th Century
- Richd Butler, who landed in Virginia in 1701
- Alice Butler, who landed in Virginia in 1702
- Bridgett Butler, who arrived in Virginia in 1704
- Edwd Butler, who arrived in Virginia in 1706
- Simon Butler, who arrived in Pennsylvania in 1710
Butler Settlers in United States in the 19th Century
- Anthony Butler, who arrived in Charleston, South Carolina in 1803
- Daniel Butler, who arrived in Charleston, South Carolina in 1806
- Eliza Butler, who landed in New York, NY in 1816
- Andrew Butler, who arrived in New York, NY in 1816
- George Butler, who landed in New York, NY in 1816
Butler Settlers in Canada in the 18th Century
- Mr. Elias Butler U.E who settled in Eastern District [Cornwall], Ontario c. 1783
- Mr. Ephraim Butler U.E (b. 1752) born in Branford, New Haven County, Connecticut, USA settled at the top of the Kingston Peninsula [Kingston], Butler's Lake, New Brunswick c. 1783 he enlisted in 1778 served in the 3rd battalion, DeLancey's Brigade in the company of Captain Elijah Miles under Lt. Smith
- Lt. Freelove Butler Jr., U.E. who settled in Augusta Township, Grenville County, Ontario c. 1783
- Mr. Freelove Butler Sr., U.E. who settled in Elizabeth Town [Elizabethtown], Leeds County, Ontario c. 1783
- Mr. James Butler U.E who settled in Elizabeth Town [Elizabethtown], Leeds County, Ontario c. 1783
Butler Settlers in Canada in the 19th Century
- Alice Elizabeth Butler, who arrived in Nova Scotia in 1810
- Elizabeth Alice Butler, who arrived in Nova Scotia in 1818
- Eleanor Butler, who landed in Nova Scotia in 1830
- Patrick Butler, who arrived in Nova Scotia in 1830
- Ellen Butler, who landed in Nova Scotia in 1831
Butler Settlers in Australia in the 19th Century
- Henry Butler, English convict from Middlesex, who was transported aboard the "Almorah" on April 1817, settling in New South Wales, Australia
- William Butler, English convict from Surrey, who was transported aboard the "Adamant" on March 16, 1821, settling in New South Wales, Australia
- John Butler, a wool-sorter, arrived in Van Diemen’s Land (now Tasmania) sometime between 1825 and 1832
- James Butler, English convict from Gloucester, who was transported aboard the "Andromeda" on October 16, 1826, settling in Van Diemen's Land, Australia
- James Butler, English convict from York, who was transported aboard the "Arab" on February 22, 1834, settling in Van Diemen's Land, Austraila
Butler Settlers in New Zealand in the 19th Century
- J G Butler landed in Bay of Islands, New Zealand in 1823
- Thomas Butler landed in Bay of Islands, New Zealand in 1836
- Jas Butler landed in Wellington, New Zealand in 1840 aboard the ship Martha Ridgway
- Thomas Charles Butler landed in Wellington, New Zealand in 1840
- Thomas Charles Butler, aged 31, a carpenter, arrived in Wellington, New Zealand aboard the ship "Coromandel" in 1840
- Mr. William M. Butler (d. 1915), American 3rd Class passenger from New York, New York, USA, who sailed aboard the RMS Lusitania and died in the sinking
- Steven Lee Butler (1953-1988), American Teacher from Denver, Colorado, America, who flew aboard the Pan Am Flight 103 from Frankfurt to Detroit, known as the Lockerbie bombing in 1988 and died
- John "Jack" Bradshaw Butler (1927-2013), American NFL football cornerback for the Pittsburgh Steelers, inducted into the Pro Football Hall of Fame (2012)
- Pierce Butler (1744-1822), American soldier, planter, and statesman, one of United States' Founding Fathers
- Major-General William Ormond Butler (1895-1962), American Commanding General 6th Air Force (1944-1945)
- Brigadier-General Frederic Bates Butler (1896-1987), American Commanding General Granite City Engineer Department (1950)
- Robert Neil Butler (1927-2007), American physician, gerontologist, and psychiatrist awarded the 1976 Pulitzer Prize for General Nonfiction
- Robert Olen Butler Jr. (b. 1945), American author and winner of the Pulitzer Prize for Fiction in 1993
- Octavia Estelle Butler (1947-2006), American science fiction writer
- Nicholas Murray Butler (1862-1947), American educationist
- The Ancestry of Blanche Butler Ames and Adelbert Ames by Pauline Ames Plimpton.
- Della Elizabeth Butler Hudson Be.
- : Her Family and Ancestors by Martha Ann Butler.
- Woulfe, Rev. Patrick. Irish Names and Surnames Collected and Edited with Explanatory and Historical Notes. Kansas City: Genealogical Foundation, 1992. Print. (ISBN 0-940134-403).
- Leyburn, James Graham. The Scotch-Irish A Social History. Chapel Hill: UNC Press, 1962. Print. (ISBN 0807842591).
- Woodham-Smith, Cecil. The Great Hunger Ireland 1845-1849. New York: Old Town Books, 1962. Print. (ISBN 0-88029-385-3).
- Kennedy, Patrick. Kennedy's Book of Arms. Canterbury: Achievements, 1967. Print.
- Skordas, Guest. Ed. The Early Settlers of Maryland an Index to Names or Immigrants Complied from Records of Land Patents 1633-1680 in the Hall of Records Annapolis, Maryland. Baltimore: Genealogical Publishing Co., 1992. Print.
- Tepper, Michael Ed & Elizabeth P. Bentley Transcriber. Passenger Arrivals at the Port of Philadelphia 1800-1819. Baltimore: Genealogical Publishing Co., 1986. Print.
- Bolton, Charles Knowles. Bolton's American Armory. Baltimore: Heraldic Book Company, 1964. Print.
- Bell, Robert. The Book of Ulster Surnames. Belfast: Blackstaff, 1988. Print. (ISBN 10-0856404160).
- Weis, Frederick Lewis, Walter Lee Sheppard and David Faris. Ancestral Roots of Sixty Colonists Who Came to New England Between 1623 and 1650 7th Edition. Baltimore: Genealogical Publishing, 1992. Print. (ISBN 0806313676).
- Crozier, William Armstrong Edition. Crozier's General Armory A Registry of American Families Entitled to Coat Armor. New York: Fox, Duffield, 1904. Print.
The Butler Family Crest was acquired from the Houseofnames.com archives. The Butler Family Crest was drawn according to heraldic standards based on published blazons. We generally include the oldest published family crest once associated with each surname.
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