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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)
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Butson Early Origins



The surname Butson was first found in the village named Butt in Normandy where William Bot was listed in 1195-8 (Norman People). The earliest records of the name in England was Robertus filius But who was listed in 1137 and Godlambus filius But who was listed in Norfolk 133-60. A few years later, Walter Botte was listed in Oxfordshire in 1189 (Rotulus Pipe Rolls) and Roger But who was Viscount of Southampton in 1203 (Magn. Rotulus).

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Butson Spelling Variations


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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.

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Butson Early History


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Butson Early History



This web page shows only a small excerpt of our Butson research. Another 179 words (13 lines of text) covering the years 1203, 1486, and 1545 are included under the topic Early Butson History in all our PDF Extended History products and printed products wherever possible.

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Butson Early Notables (pre 1700)


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Butson Early Notables (pre 1700)



Another 31 words (2 lines of text) are included under the topic Early Butson Notables in all our PDF Extended History products and printed products wherever possible.

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Butson In Ireland


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Butson In Ireland



Some of the Butson family moved to Ireland, but this topic is not covered in this excerpt. Another 133 words (10 lines of text) about their life in Ireland is included 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



Some of the first settlers of this family name were:

Butson Settlers in Australia in the 19th Century

  • James Butson, aged 20, a miner, arrived in South Australia in 1857 aboard the ship "Marion"
  • Henry Butson, aged 24, a miner, arrived in South Australia in 1857 aboard the ship "Henry Moore"
  • James Butson, aged 21, a miner, arrived in South Australia in 1857 aboard the ship "Henry Moore"

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Contemporary Notables of the name Butson (post 1700)


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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

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Motto


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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 are able because they seem to be.


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Citations


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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)

Other References

  1. Hanks, Patricia and Flavia Hodges. A Dictionary of Surnames. Oxford: Oxford University Press, 1988. Print. (ISBN 0-19-211592-8).
  2. Samuelsen, W. David. New York City Passenger List Manifests Index 1820 - 1824. North Salt Lake, Utah: Accelerated Indexing Systems International, 1986. Print.
  3. MacAulay, Thomas Babington. History of England from the Accession of James the Second 4 volumes. New York: Harper and Brothers, 1879. Print.
  4. Bradford, William. History of Plymouth Plantation 1620-1647 Edited by Samuel Eliot Morrison 2 Volumes. New York: Russell and Russell, 1968. Print.
  5. Cook, Chris. English Historical Facts 1603-1688. London: MacMillan, 1980. Print.
  6. Foster, Joseph. Dictionary of Heraldry Feudal Coats of Arms and Pedigrees. London: Bracken Books, 1989. Print. (ISBN 1-85170-309-8).
  7. Passenger Lists of Vessels Arriving at Galveston Texas 1896-1951. National Archives Washington DC. Print.
  8. Reaney P.H and R.M. Wilson. A Dictionary of English Surnames. London: Routledge, 1991. Print. (ISBN 0-415-05737-X).
  9. Markale, J. Celtic Civilization. London: Gordon & Cremonesi, 1976. Print.
  10. Egle, William Henry. Pennsylvania Genealogies Scotch-Irish and German. Harrisburg: L.S. Hart, 1886. Print.
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The Butson Family Crest was acquired from the Houseofnames.com archives. The Butson 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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