The German state of Bavariais the ancestral home of the Buttener family. Hereditary surnames
began to be used in Germany
during the 12th century. Names like Buttener, that came from the name of the job done by their initial bearer, were very popular. Buttener is an occupational
name for a cooper or a barrel maker. Further research revealed that the name is derived from the German word Bute
, which means cask or wine barrel. In the Middle Ages, the Buttener family was responsible for making the barrels that held ale, beer and wines. In Bavaria
, the Buttener family became renowned for its many branches and for the influential role it played in the social, economic and political development of the region.
Early Origins of the Buttener family
The surname Buttener was first found in Bavaria
, where the name Buttner became noted for its many branches within the region where each house acquired a status and influence which was envied by the princes of the region. Over time, the family became a power unto themselves and were elevated to the ranks of nobility.
Early History of the Buttener family
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Buttener Spelling Variations
In the medieval era, many different cultural groups lived in the German states. There are thus many regional variations of German surnames from that era. Westphalians
spoke Low German, which is similar to modern Dutch. Many German names carry suffixes that identify where they came from. Others have phrases attached that identify something about the original bearer. Other variations in German names resulted from the fact that medieval scribes worked without the aid of any spelling rules. The spelling variations
of the name Buttener include Buttner, Butner, Buttnner, Butnner, Beuttner, Butener, Buttener, Buttnen, Buttnel, Buttnele, Butnen, Butnel, Butnele, Bottner, Boettner, Buettner, Botner, Boetner and many more.
Early Notables of the Buttener family (pre 1700)
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Migration of the Buttener family to the New World and Oceana
The great European flow of migration to North America, which began in the middle of the 17th century and continued into the 20th century, was particularly attractive to those from Bavaria
who wished to escape either poverty or religious persecution. For many Bavarian tenant
farmers, the chance to own their own land was a major incentive. So the widespread colonization of the United States began in 1650, when many immigrants from Germany
settled in pockets in Pennsylvania, Texas, New York, Illinois, and California. In Canada, German settlement centered in Ontario and the prairie Among those of this surname listed in various historical records were: Caspar Buettner who, accompanied by his wife Maria Elisabetha Munch and his father-in-law, arrived in Philadelphia in 1730; Michael Buttner who arrived in Pennsylvania in Lancaster, Pa. in 1755.