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Butson History, Family Crest & Coats of Arms



The name Butson is part of the ancient legacy of the early Norman inhabitants that arrived in England after the Norman Conquest of 1066. Butson was a Norman name used for a nickname for the Middle English word butt meaning "thicker end" or "stump," in other words a name for a thickset person. Alternatively the name could have been derived from the Middle English word "butt" or the Old French word "but" which both meant a target or mark for archery. In this latter case, the name would be ascribed to one who lived near archery butts or perhaps an archer. [1]CITATION[CLOSE]
Reaney, P.H and R.M. Wilson, A Dictionary of English Surnames. London: Routledge, 1991. Print. (ISBN 0-415-05737-X)


Early Origins of the Butson family


The surname Butson was first found in the village named Butt in Normandy where William Bot was listed in 1195-1198 [2]CITATION[CLOSE]
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)
. Another source claims the name was derived from "the name of several places in the arrondissement of Falaise." [3]CITATION[CLOSE]
Lowe, Mark Anthony, Patronymica Britannica, A Dictionary of Family Names of the United Kingdom. London: John Russel Smith, 1860. Print.
The earliest records of the name in England include Robertus filius But who was listed in 1137 and Godlambus filius But who was listed in Norfolk in 1133-1160. [1]CITATION[CLOSE]
Reaney, P.H and R.M. Wilson, A Dictionary of English Surnames. London: Routledge, 1991. Print. (ISBN 0-415-05737-X)
A few years later, Walter Botte was listed in Oxfordshire in the Rotulus Pipe Rolls in 1189 [2]CITATION[CLOSE]
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)
and Roger But who was Viscount of Southampton in 1203 (Magn. Rotulus).

Much further to the north, the Isle of Bute is in the county of Bute, in the Frith of Clyde. [4]CITATION[CLOSE]
Lewis, Samuel, A Topographical Dictionary of Scotland. Institute of Historical Research, 1848, Print.


Early History of the Butson family


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Butson Spelling Variations


Anglo-Norman names tend to be marked by an enormous number of spelling variations. This is largely due to the fact that Old and Middle English lacked any spelling rules when Norman French was introduced in the 11th century. The languages of the English courts at that time were French and Latin. These various languages mixed quite freely in the evolving social milieu. The final element of this mix is that medieval scribes spelled words according to their sounds rather than any definite rules, so a name was often spelled in as many different ways as the number of documents it appeared in. The name was spelled Butt, But, Butte and others.

Early Notables of the Butson family (pre 1700)


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Migration of the Butson family to Ireland


Some of the Butson family moved to Ireland, but this topic is not covered in this excerpt.
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Migration of the Butson family to the New World and Oceana


Some of the first settlers of this family name were:

Butson Settlers in Australia in the 19th Century

  • James Butson, aged 20, a miner, who arrived in South Australia in 1857 aboard the ship "Marion" [5]CITATION[CLOSE]
    South Australian Register 1857. (Retrieved 2010, November 5) Marion 1857. Retrieved http://www.theshipslist.com/ships/australia/marion1857.shtml
  • Henry Butson, aged 24, a miner, who arrived in South Australia in 1857 aboard the ship "Henry Moore"
  • James Butson, aged 21, a miner, who arrived in South Australia in 1857 aboard the ship "Henry Moore"

Contemporary Notables of the name Butson (post 1700)


  • Colonel Arthur Richard Cecil Butson GC, OMM, CD and Bar (1922-2015), Chinese-born, Canadian explorer and physician, recipient of the George Cross, the Polar Medal and Albert Medal for his Antarctic rescue of a fellow explorer
  • Christopher Henry Gould Butson (d. 1892), eminent Irish Anglican priest, Dean of Kilmacduagh (1874-1892)
  • Matthew Butson, New Zealand three-time gold medalist Paralympic alpine skier

The Butson Motto


The motto was originally a war cry or slogan. Mottoes first began to be shown with arms in the 14th and 15th centuries, but were not in general use until the 17th century. Thus the oldest coats of arms generally do not include a motto. Mottoes seldom form part of the grant of arms: Under most heraldic authorities, a motto is an optional component of the coat of arms, and can be added to or changed at will; many families have chosen not to display a motto.

Motto: Possunt quia posse videntur
Motto Translation: They conquer who believe they can


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Citations


  1. ^ Reaney, P.H and R.M. Wilson, A Dictionary of English Surnames. London: Routledge, 1991. Print. (ISBN 0-415-05737-X)
  2. ^ 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)
  3. ^ Lowe, Mark Anthony, Patronymica Britannica, A Dictionary of Family Names of the United Kingdom. London: John Russel Smith, 1860. Print.
  4. ^ Lewis, Samuel, A Topographical Dictionary of Scotland. Institute of Historical Research, 1848, Print.
  5. ^ South Australian Register 1857. (Retrieved 2010, November 5) Marion 1857. Retrieved http://www.theshipslist.com/ships/australia/marion1857.shtml

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