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The name Buttel was carried to England in the enormous movement of people that followed the Norman Conquest of 1066. The Buttel family lived at Bootle in the suburbs of Liverpool, Lancashire where the family can trace their origins to the early Middle Ages.

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Endless spelling variations are a prevailing characteristic of Norman surnames. Old and Middle English lacked any definite spelling rules, and the introduction of Norman French added an unfamiliar ingredient to the English linguistic stew. French and Latin, the languages of the court, also influenced spellings. Finally, Medieval scribes generally spelled words according to how they sounded, so one person was often referred to by different spellings in different documents. The name has been spelled Butil, Butill, Butel, Bootell, Bootle, Buthill and others.

First found in Lancashire where they held a family seat from very ancient times. Conjecturally they are descended from Count Roger de Poitou, of Poitou. He was the son of Earl Roger of Poitou, who was one of the Norman nobles in the Battle of Hastings. The name of the hamlet was anciently Boltelai. The Count Poitou (Pictaviens) held Boltelai and numerous other Lordships in Lancashire and the West Riding of Yorkshire. He is recorded in the Domesday Book taken in 1086 A.D. This hamlet later became known as Bootle and at this time there is no record of any habitation known as Liverpool of which Bootle is now a Borough.


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This web page shows only a small excerpt of our Buttel research. Another 281 words (20 lines of text) covering the years 1592, 1796, 1662 and 1715 are included under the topic Early Buttel History in all our PDF Extended History products.

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Another 33 words (2 lines of text) are included under the topic Early Buttel Notables in all our PDF Extended History products.

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To escape the political and religious persecution within England at the time, many English families left for the various British colonies abroad. The voyage was extremely difficult, though, and the cramped, dank ships caused many to arrive in the New World diseased and starving. But for those who made it, the trip was most often worth it. Many of the families who arrived went on to make valuable contributions to the emerging nations of Canada and the United States. An inquiry into the early roots of North American families reveals a number of immigrants bearing the name Buttel or a variant listed above:

Buttel Settlers in United States in the 18th Century


  • Andreas Buttel, who arrived in Pennsylvania in 1752
  • Hans Georg Buttel, who landed in Pennsylvania in 1752
  • Christoph Buttel, who landed in Pennsylvania in 1754

Buttel Settlers in United States in the 19th Century


  • Gerd Buttel, aged 4, arrived in New Orleans, La in 1845
  • John Buttel, aged 42, arrived in New Orleans, La in 1845

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