Butterfield History, Family Crest & Coats of Arms

The ancestors of the Butterfield surname lived among the ancient Anglo-Saxon culture. The name comes from when they lived in Butterfield, a place in the West Riding of Yorkshire now lost to the modern map. The surname was also familiar in Lancashire, where it is still quite common today. The place-name undoubtedly referred to a meadow particularly suited to dairy cows resulting in exceptional production of milk, cream, and butter. [1]

Early Origins of the Butterfield family

The surname Butterfield was first found in the West Riding of Yorkshire where the earliest record of the family was found in the Yorkshire Poll Tax Rolls of 1379. Willelmus de Botterfeld and Isabella Botterfeld, both held lands there at that time. [2]

Early History of the Butterfield family

This web page shows only a small excerpt of our Butterfield research. Another 122 words (9 lines of text) covering the years 1199, 1231, 1300, 1379, 1629 and 1611 are included under the topic Early Butterfield History in all our PDF Extended History products and printed products wherever possible.

Butterfield Spelling Variations

Before English spelling was standardized a few hundred years ago, spelling variations of names were a common occurrence. Elements of Latin, French and other languages became incorporated into English through the Middle Ages, and name spellings changed even among the literate. The variations of the surname Butterfield include Butterfield, Buttersfield, Botterfield, Boutterfield and many more.

Early Notables of the Butterfield family (pre 1700)

Notables of the family at this time include Robert Butterfield ( fl. 1629), an English controversialist who received his academical education at St. John's College, Cambridge. [3] Swithun Butterfield (d. 1611), was...
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United States Butterfield migration to the United States +

A great wave of immigration to the New World was the result of the enormous political and religious disarray that struck England at that time. Families left for the New World in extremely large numbers. The long journey was the end of many immigrants and many more arrived sick and starving. Still, those who made it were rewarded with an opportunity far greater than they had known at home in England. These emigrant families went on to make significant contributions to these emerging colonies in which they settled. Some of the first North American settlers carried this name or one of its variants:

Butterfield Settlers in United States in the 17th Century
  • Benjamin Butterfield, who landed in Charlestown, Massachusetts in 1638 [4]
  • Robert Butterfield, who landed in Virginia in 1650 [4]
  • Eleanor Butterfield, who landed in Maryland in 1669 [4]
  • John Butterfield, who landed in Maryland in 1669 [4]
  • Samuel Butterfield, who arrived in Maryland in 1670-1671 [4]
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Butterfield Settlers in United States in the 18th Century
  • John Butterfield, who settled in Maryland in 1729
Butterfield Settlers in United States in the 19th Century
  • Jonas Butterfield, who arrived in Allegany (Allegheny) County, Pennsylvania in 1835 [4]
  • S Butterfield, who landed in San Francisco, California in 1850 [4]
  • F Butterfield, who arrived in San Francisco, California in 1851 [4]
  • A Butterfield, who arrived in San Francisco, California in 1851 [4]

Australia Butterfield migration to Australia +

Emigration to Australia followed the First Fleets of convicts, tradespeople and early settlers. Early immigrants include:

Butterfield Settlers in Australia in the 19th Century
  • Mr. James Butterfield, English convict who was convicted in Hertford, Hertfordshire, England for life, transported aboard the "Blenheim" on 11th March 1837, arriving in Tasmania ( Van Diemen's Land) [5]
  • Sarah Jane Butterfield, who arrived in Adelaide, Australia aboard the ship "Rajasthan" in 1838 [6]
  • Francis Butterfield, English convict from Durham, who was transported aboard the "Agincourt" on July 6, 1844, settling in Van Diemen's Land, Australia [7]
  • Catherine Butterfield, English convict from Warwick, who was transported aboard the "Angelina" on April 25, 1844, settling in Van Diemen's Land, Australia [8]
  • Mr. Joseph Butterfield, English convict who was convicted in York, Yorkshire, England for 15 years, transported aboard the "Blundell" on 13th March 1844, arriving in Tasmania ( Van Diemen's Land) [9]
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New Zealand Butterfield migration to New Zealand +

Emigration to New Zealand followed in the footsteps of the European explorers, such as Captain Cook (1769-70): first came sealers, whalers, missionaries, and traders. By 1838, the British New Zealand Company had begun buying land from the Maori tribes, and selling it to settlers, and, after the Treaty of Waitangi in 1840, many British families set out on the arduous six month journey from Britain to Aotearoa to start a new life. Early immigrants include:

Butterfield Settlers in New Zealand in the 19th Century
  • John Butterfield, aged 28, a farmer, who arrived in Nelson, New Zealand aboard the ship "Martha Ridgway" in 1842
  • Elizabeth Butterfield, aged 26, who arrived in Nelson, New Zealand aboard the ship "Martha Ridgway" in 1842
  • Hannah Butterfield, aged 4, who arrived in Nelson, New Zealand aboard the ship "Martha Ridgway" in 1842
  • Asa Butterfield, aged 8 mths., who arrived in Nelson, New Zealand aboard the ship "Martha Ridgway" in 1842
  • Mr. Joseph Butterfield (Batterfield), British settler travelling from London aboard the ship "Randolph" arriving in Lyttelton, Christchurch, South Island, New Zealand in September 1850 [10]
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Contemporary Notables of the name Butterfield (post 1700) +

  • Paul Butterfield (1942-1987), American harmonica player
  • John Butterfield (1801-1869), American financier, politician, and businessman, best known for role in developing American transportation
  • Daniel Adams Butterfield, New York businessman, a Union general in the American Civil War, and Assistant U.S. Treasurer in New York
  • Martin Butterfield (1790-1866), American Politician, U.S. Representative from New York
  • Dyer Butterfield, American Republican politician, Delegate to Republican National Convention from Georgia, 1956 [11]
  • Don O. Butterfield (b. 1875), American Republican politician, Member of Vermont State House of Representatives from Wilmington, 1910 [11]
  • Daniel Butterfield, American Republican politician, Candidate for U.S. Representative from New York 12th District, 1892 [11]
  • Charles H. Butterfield (b. 1834), American Republican politician, Mayor of Evansville, Indiana, 1872-74 [11]
  • B. H. Butterfield, American Republican politician, Delegate to Republican National Convention from New York, 1952 [11]
  • Alton Butterfield, American Democrat politician, Member of Wyoming State House of Representatives from Carbon County, 1965 [11]
  • ... (Another 22 notables are available in all our PDF Extended History products and printed products wherever possible.)


Suggested Readings for the name Butterfield +

  • 1303 "Alice Butterfield of Johnson County, Missouri, 1871-1936" by Veda Goodnight Jones, "The Butterfield Family of Standish, Brownfield, and Hiram, Maine" by Hubert W. Clemons.

  1. ^ Smith, Eldson Coles, New Dictionary of American Family Names New York, Harper & Row, 1956. Print
  2. ^ Bardsley, C.W, A Dictionary of English and Welsh Surnames: With Special American Instances. Wiltshire: Heraldry Today, 1901. Print. (ISBN 0-900455-44-6)
  3. ^ Smith, George (ed), Dictionary of National Biography. London: Smith, Elder & Co., 1885-1900. Print
  4. ^ Filby, P. William, Meyer, Mary K., Passenger and immigration lists index : a guide to published arrival records of about 500,000 passengers who came to the United States and Canada in the seventeenth, eighteenth, and nineteenth centuries. 1982-1985 Cumulated Supplements in Four Volumes Detroit, Mich. : Gale Research Co., 1985, Print (ISBN 0-8103-1795-8)
  5. ^ Convict Records Voyages to Australia (Retrieved 15th October 2020). Retrieved from https://convictrecords.com.au/ships/blenheim
  6. ^ State Records of South Australia. (Retrieved 2010, November 5) RAJASTHAN 1838. Retrieved from http://www.slsa.sa.gov.au/BSA/1838Rajasthan.htm
  7. ^ State Library of Queensland. (Retrieved 2014, November 24) Agincourt voyage to Van Diemen's Land, Australia in 1844 with 226 passengers. Retrieved from http://www.convictrecords.com.au/ships/agincourt/1844
  8. ^ State Library of Queensland. (Retrieved 2014, November 27) Angelina voyage to Van Diemen's Land, Australia in 1844 with 171 passengers. Retrieved from http://www.convictrecords.com.au/ships/angelina/1844
  9. ^ Convict Records Voyages to Australia (Retrieved 25th October 2020). Retrieved from https://convictrecords.com.au/ships/blundell
  10. ^ New Zealand Yesteryears Passenger Lists 1800 to 1900 (Retrieved 26th March 2019). Retrieved from http://www.yesteryears.co.nz/shipping/passlist.html
  11. ^ The Political Graveyard: Alphabetical Name Index. (Retrieved 2015, October 9) . Retrieved from http://politicalgraveyard.com/alpha/index.html


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