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The Norman Conquest of England in 1066 brought many new words to England from which surnames were formed. Butt was one of these new Norman names. It was specifically tailored to its first bearer, who was 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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Butt Early Origins



The surname Butt 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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Butt Spelling Variations


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Butt Spelling Variations



A multitude of spelling variations characterize Norman surnames. Many variations occurred because Old and Middle English lacked any definite spelling rules. The introduction of Norman French to England also had a pronounced effect, as did the court languages of Latin and French. Therefore, one person was often referred to by several different spellings in a single lifetime. The various spellings include Butt, But, Butte and others.

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Butt Early History


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Butt Early History



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

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Butt Early Notables (pre 1700)


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Butt Early Notables (pre 1700)



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

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Butt In Ireland


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Butt In Ireland



Some of the Butt 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



Many English families left England, to avoid the chaos of their homeland and migrated to the many British colonies abroad. Although the conditions on the ships were extremely cramped, and some travelers arrived diseased, starving, and destitute, once in the colonies, many of the families prospered and made valuable contributions to the cultures of what would become the United States and Canada. Research into the origins of individual families in North America has revealed records of the immigration of a number of people bearing the name Butt or a variant listed above:

Butt Settlers in United States in the 17th Century

  • Robert Butt, who landed in Virginia in 1640
  • James Butt, who arrived in Virginia in 1650
  • William Butt, who landed in Virginia in 1696

Butt Settlers in United States in the 19th Century

  • William Butt, aged 51, arrived in New York in 1812
  • John Butt who arrived in New York in 1812
  • John Butt, who arrived in New York, NY in 1830
  • Lena Butt, who landed in North America in 1832-1849
  • Dietr Butt who arrived in North America between 1832 and 1849
  • ... (More are available in all our PDF Extended History products and printed products wherever possible.)

Butt Settlers in United States in the 20th Century

  • Annie Butt, aged 21, who emigrated to the United States from Worcester, in 1904
  • Chas. H. Butt, aged 22, who landed in America from Bristol, in 1907
  • Florence Annie Butt, aged 35, who settled in America from Ampthill, England, in 1909
  • Charles Butt, aged 55, who emigrated to the United States from Southampton, England, in 1909
  • Charles John Butt, aged 46, who emigrated to the United States from Shaftesbury, England, in 1910
  • ... (More are available in all our PDF Extended History products and printed products wherever possible.)

Butt Settlers in Canada in the 17th Century

  • Roger Butt who settled in Carbonear, Newfoundland, in 1675 [2]CITATION[CLOSE]
    Seary E.R., Family Names of the Island of Newfoundland, Montreal: McGill's-Queen's Universtity Press 1998 ISBN 0-7735-1782-0

Butt Settlers in Canada in the 18th Century

  • John Butt settled in Conception Bay, Newfoundland, in 1706 [2]CITATION[CLOSE]
    Seary E.R., Family Names of the Island of Newfoundland, Montreal: McGill's-Queen's Universtity Press 1998 ISBN 0-7735-1782-0
  • Joseph Butt settled in Crockers Cove (Carbonear), Newfoundland, in 1706 [2]CITATION[CLOSE]
    Seary E.R., Family Names of the Island of Newfoundland, Montreal: McGill's-Queen's Universtity Press 1998 ISBN 0-7735-1782-0
  • Joseph Butt settled in Clown's Cove (Carbonear), Newfoundland, in 1747 [2]CITATION[CLOSE]
    Seary E.R., Family Names of the Island of Newfoundland, Montreal: McGill's-Queen's Universtity Press 1998 ISBN 0-7735-1782-0
  • Edward Butt, who landed in Nova Scotia in 1749
  • Joseph Butt, who arrived in Nova Scotia in 1750
  • ... (More are available in all our PDF Extended History products and printed products wherever possible.)

Butt Settlers in Canada in the 19th Century

  • Mr. James Butt, aged 10 who emigrated to Canada, arriving at the Grosse Isle Quarantine Station in Quebec aboard the ship "Sir Henry Pottinger" departing from the port of Cork, Ireland but died on Grosse Isle in August 1847 [3]CITATION[CLOSE]
    Charbonneau, André, and Doris Drolet-Dubé. A Register of Deceased Persons at Sea and on Grosse Île in 1847. The Minister of Canadian Heritage, 1997. ISBN: 0-660-198/1-1997E (p. 16)

Butt Settlers in Canada in the 20th Century

  • Florence Butt, aged 30, who settled in Montreal, Canada, in 1912
  • Emma Butt, aged 30, who emigrated to Port au Port, Newfoundland, in 1915
  • Charles Butt, aged 40, who emigrated to Vancouver, Canada, in 1920
  • Donald Butt, aged 0, who settled in Cupids, Newfoundland, in 1922
  • Eliza Butt, aged 56, who emigrated to Trinity, Newfoundland, in 1924
  • ... (More are available in all our PDF Extended History products and printed products wherever possible.)

Butt Settlers in Australia in the 19th Century

  • Thomas Butt arrived in Adelaide, Australia aboard the ship "Navarino" in 1849
  • Thomas Butt arrived in Adelaide, Australia aboard the ship "Blundell" in 1851
  • Benjamin Butt, aged 18, arrived in South Australia in 1852 aboard the ship "China"

Butt Settlers in New Zealand in the 19th Century

  • Henry Butt landed in Nelson, New Zealand in 1840
  • Thomas Butt, aged 31, a shepherd, arrived in Auckland, New Zealand aboard the ship "Assaye" in 1874

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Contemporary Notables of the name Butt (post 1700)


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Contemporary Notables of the name Butt (post 1700)



  • Howard Edward Butt (1927-2016), American owner of HEB Grocery Company, LP, son of Howard Butt Sr
  • Howard Edward Butt Sr. (1895-1991), American businessman and philanthropist, founder of the HEB grocery store chain
  • William M. Butt (1805-1864), American politician, Mayor of Atlanta, Georgia, 1854-55
  • William Butt, American Republican politician, Member of Michigan Republican State Central Committee, 1959
  • Mrs. William Butt, American Republican politician, Alternate Delegate to Republican National Convention from Michigan, 1964
  • W. M. Butt, American Democrat politician, Member of North Carolina State House of Representatives from Beaufort County, 1921-22
  • Tom Butt, American politician, Candidate for Mayor of Richmond, California, 2001
  • Thomas Franklin Butt (1917-2000), American politician, Delegate to Arkansas State Constitutional Convention, 1979
  • Peter Butt, American Libertarian politician, Candidate for Presidential Elector for California, 1972
  • John F. Butt, American Democrat politician, Chair of Adams County Democratic Party, 1937
  • ... (Another 18 notables are available in all our PDF Extended History products and printed products wherever possible.)

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Butt Historic Events


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Butt Historic Events




RMS Titanic

  • Mr. Robert Henry Butt (d. 1912), aged 22, English Saloon Steward from Southampton, Hampshire who worked aboard the RMS Titanic and died in the sinking and was recovered by CS Mackay-Bennett
  • William John Butt (1877-1912), English saloon steward, member of the engineering crew aboard the RMS Titanic who died in the sinking, his body was recovered by the Mackay-Bennett as No. 77
  • Archibald Willingham DeGraffenreid Clarendon Butt (1865-1912), American journalist, military aide to U.S. presidents Theodore Roosevelt and William Howard Taft and diplomat who died in the sinking of the RMS Titanic

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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)
  2. ^ Seary E.R., Family Names of the Island of Newfoundland, Montreal: McGill's-Queen's Universtity Press 1998 ISBN 0-7735-1782-0
  3. ^ Charbonneau, André, and Doris Drolet-Dubé. A Register of Deceased Persons at Sea and on Grosse Île in 1847. The Minister of Canadian Heritage, 1997. ISBN: 0-660-198/1-1997E (p. 16)

Other References

  1. Ingram, Rev. James. Translator Anglo-Saxon Chronicle 1823. Print.
  2. Chadwick, Nora Kershaw and J.X.W.P Corcoran. The Celts. London: Penguin, 1790. Print. (ISBN 0140212116).
  3. Filby, P. William and Mary K Meyer. Passenger and Immigration Lists Index in Four Volumes. Detroit: Gale Research, 1985. Print. (ISBN 0-8103-1795-8).
  4. Burke, Sir Bernard. Burke's Genealogical and Heraldic History of the Landed Gentry: Including American Families with British Ancestry. (2 Volumes). London: Burke Publishing, 1939. Print.
  5. Shaw, William A. Knights of England A Complete Record from the Earliest Time to the Present Day of the Knights of all the Orders of Chivalry in England, Scotland, Ireland and Knights Bachelors 2 Volumes. Baltimore: Genealogical Publishing. Print. (ISBN 080630443X).
  6. Reaney P.H and R.M. Wilson. A Dictionary of English Surnames. London: Routledge, 1991. Print. (ISBN 0-415-05737-X).
  7. Le Patourel, John. The Norman Empire. New York: Oxford University Press, 1976. Print. (ISBN 0-19-822525-3).
  8. Thirsk, Joan. The Agrarian History of England and Wales. Cambridge: Cambridge University Press: 7 Volumes. Print.
  9. Williams, Dr Ann. And G.H. Martin, Eds. Domesday Book A Complete Translation. London: Penguin, 1992. Print. (ISBN 0-141-00523-8).
  10. Colletta, John P. They Came In Ships. Salt Lake City: Ancestry, 1993. Print.
  11. ...

The Butt Family Crest was acquired from the Houseofnames.com archives. The Butt 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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