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The German state of Bavariais the ancestral home of the Butnen family. Hereditary surnames began to be used in Germany during the 12th century. Names like Butnen, that came from the name of the job done by their initial bearer, were very popular. Butnen is an occupational name for a cooper or a barrel maker. Further research revealed that the name is derived from the German word Bute, which means cask or wine barrel. In the Middle Ages, the Butnen family was responsible for making the barrels that held ale, beer and wines. In Bavaria, the Butnen family became renowned for its many branches and for the influential role it played in the social, economic and political development of the region.

Butnen Early Origins



The surname Butnen was first found in Bavaria, where the name Buttner became noted for its many branches within the region where each house acquired a status and influence which was envied by the princes of the region. Over time, the family became a power unto themselves and were elevated to the ranks of nobility.

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Butnen Spelling Variations


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Butnen Spelling Variations



Many cultural groups lived in the German states in medieval times. Each had its own dialect and traditions, and unique variations of popular names. Low German, which is similar to contemporary Dutch, was spoken in Westphalia. German names are characterized by additions such as regional suffixes and phrases that tell something about the origin or background of its original bearer. Further contributing to the variation in German names was the fact that there were no spelling rules in medieval times: scribes recorded names according to their sound. The recorded spelling variations of Butnen include Buttner, Butner, Buttnner, Butnner, Beuttner, Butener, Buttener, Buttnen, Buttnel, Buttnele, Butnen, Butnel, Butnele, Bottner, Boettner, Buettner, Botner, Boetner and many more.

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Butnen Early History


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Butnen Early History



This web page shows only a small excerpt of our Butnen research. Another 197 words (14 lines of text) covering the years 1792, 1616, 1679 and 1945 are included under the topic Early Butnen History in all our PDF Extended History products and printed products wherever possible.

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Butnen Early Notables (pre 1700)


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Butnen Early Notables (pre 1700)



Another 26 words (2 lines of text) are included under the topic Early Butnen Notables in all our PDF Extended History products and printed products wherever possible.

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The Great Migration


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The Great Migration



Thousands of German settlers came to North America between the mid-17th and mid-20th centuries. The hardships of the long voyage were balanced by the opportunity to escape poverty and religious persecution. The descendents of these settlers still populate the states of Pennsylvania, Texas, New York, Illinois, and California. Many also live in Ontario and the prairie provinces of Canada. An inquiry into the early roots of North American families has revealed a number of immigrants bearing the name Butnen or a variant listed above: Caspar Buettner who, accompanied by his wife Maria Elisabetha Munch and his father-in-law, arrived in Philadelphia in 1730; Michael Buttner who arrived in Pennsylvania in Lancaster, Pa. in 1755.

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