Butlin History, Family Crest & Coats of Arms

The Anglo-Saxon name Butlin comes from when the family resided in Norfolk,where the family was found since the early Middle Ages.

"Botevilain and Trossebot feared neither blow nor thrust, but heartily gave and took many on that day." Though thus signalised at the Battle of Hastings, the name does not occur in Domesday; and is only found in the following century in Norfolk and Northamptonshire." [1]

Early Origins of the Butlin family

The surname Butlin was first found in Norfolk, but early records also revealed that the name was found in Northamptonshire where Boutevillaine was changed to Butlin. Such changes were frequently listed "Butlin alias Boutevillaine" up to the time of Elizabeth. [2]

"Flordon (in Norfolk) came to the Buttevillains very early. Robert held it in 1139."-Blomfield. According to the Liber Niger, he held two knight's fees of Walter de Wahull, and three of Roger Bigot, Earl of Norfolk. His son William founded Pipewell Abbey in Northamptonshire, where "he held lands, at Pipewell and elsewhere. He was in great favour with Henry II., who, upon going into Normandy, gave him a writ, directed to the Bishops of London and Norwich, and to all his liege people, English and Norman, of Northamptonshire, Norfolk, and Suffolk, granting him all the lands and other liberties that his father had enjoyed." [1]

Early History of the Butlin family

This web page shows only a small excerpt of our Butlin research. Another 133 words (10 lines of text) covering the years 1130, 1150, 1205, 1273, 1344, 1429, 1662 and 1707 are included under the topic Early Butlin History in all our PDF Extended History products and printed products wherever possible.

Butlin Spelling Variations

The English language only became standardized in the last few centuries; therefore, spelling variations are common among early Anglo-Saxon names. As the form of the English language changed, even the spelling of literate people's names evolved. Butlin has been recorded under many different variations, including Butlin, Butevilain, Buteuillanus, Butevilein, Botevileyn, Botevilein, Botevelyn, Butveleyn, Butlyn, Butlen, Botlin and many more.

Early Notables of the Butlin family (pre 1700)

More information is included under the topic Early Butlin Notables in all our PDF Extended History products and printed products wherever possible.


United States Butlin migration to the United States +

For many English families, the political and religious disarray that shrouded England made the far away New World an attractive prospect. On cramped disease-ridden ships, thousands migrated to those British colonies that would eventually become Canada and the United States. Those hardy settlers that survived the journey often went on to make important contributions to the emerging nations in which they landed. Analysis of immigration records indicates that some of the first North American immigrants bore the name Butlin or a variant listed above:

Butlin Settlers in United States in the 17th Century
  • John Butlin who arrived in Barbados in 1668

Contemporary Notables of the name Butlin (post 1700) +

  • Paul Butlin (b. 1976), English heavyweight boxer
  • Barry Desmond Butlin (b. 1949), former English footballer
  • Martin Butlin, British author and historian
  • Sir William Edmund "Billy" Butlin (1899-1980), English South Africa-born holiday camp promoter, founder of Butlins Holiday Camps
  • Ron Butlin (b. 1949), Scottish poet


  1. ^ Cleveland, Dutchess of The Battle Abbey Roll with some Account of the Norman Lineages. London: John Murray, Abermarle Street, 1889. Print. Volume 1 of 3
  2. ^ Lower, Mark Anthony, Patronymica Britannica, A Dictionary of Family Names of the United Kingdom. London: John Russel Smith, 1860. Print.


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