Show ContentsButray History, Family Crest & Coats of Arms

The name Butray came to England with the ancestors of the Butray family in the Norman Conquest of 1066. The Butray family lived in Buckinghamshire. The name Butray refers to the family's original place of residence, Boteri in Falaise, Normandy, where they lived prior to the Norman Conquest of England in 1066. The Magni Rotuli Scaccarii Normanniae listed "Roger de Boteri, Alvered, John, and Roger occur in Normandy 1180-1198." [1]

Alternatively the name could have been an occupational name as "derived from an official title. 'at the buttery.' The keeper of the butlery, or store for liquor; 'buttery-bar.' (Shakespeare) " [2]

Early Origins of the Butray family

The surname Butray was first found in Buckinghamshire where William Buteri was listed in the Pipe Rolls of 1177. A few years later in Herefordshire, Reginald Boteri was listed in the Curia Regis Rolls of 1211. In Suffolk, William de Buteri was listed in the same rolls of 1219. Over one hundred years later, John de la Buterye was listed in the Feet of Fines for Staffordshire in 1334. [3]

The Hundredorum Rolls of 1273 listed William Boter in Gloucestershire. [1]

Early History of the Butray family

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Butray Spelling Variations

Multitudes of spelling variations are a hallmark of Anglo Norman names. Most of these names evolved in the 11th and 12th century, in the time after the Normans introduced their own Norman French language into a country where Old and Middle English had no spelling rules and the languages of the court were French and Latin. To make matters worse, medieval scribes spelled words according to sound, so names frequently appeared differently in the various documents in which they were recorded. The name was spelled Buttery, Buttry, Butry and others.

Early Notables of the Butray family (pre 1700)

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Migration of the Butray family

Because of this political and religious unrest within English society, many people decided to immigrate to the colonies. Families left for Ireland, North America, and Australia in enormous numbers, traveling at high cost in extremely inhospitable conditions. The New World in particular was a desirable destination, but the long voyage caused many to arrive sick and starving. Those who made it, though, were welcomed by opportunities far greater than they had known at home in England. Many of these families went on to make important contributions to the emerging nations of Canada and the United States. Analysis of immigration records indicates that some of the first North American immigrants bore the name Butray or a variant listed above: Margaret Buttery who settled in Virginia in 1655; John Henry Buttery arrived in Philadelphia, Pennsylvania in 1856; Nicholas and Martha Buttry arrived in Boston Massachusetts in 1635 with their daughter Grace..

  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. Bardsley, C.W, A Dictionary of English and Welsh Surnames: With Special American Instances. Wiltshire: Heraldry Today, 1901. Print. (ISBN 0-900455-44-6)
  3. Reaney, P.H and R.M. Wilson, A Dictionary of English Surnames. London: Routledge, 1991. Print. (ISBN 0-415-05737-X) on Facebook