Butterley History, Family Crest & Coats of Arms

Early Origins of the Butterley family

The surname Butterley was first found in Devon where they held a family seat as Lords of the Manor. The Saxon influence of English history diminished after the Battle of Hastings in 1066. The language of the courts was French for the next three centuries and the Norman ambience prevailed. But Saxon surnames survived and the family name was first referenced in the year 1060 when Edwin of Butterleigh was allowed to retain his lands, including East Butterleigh, after paying allegiance to the King after the Norman Conquest in 1066, a rare exception to the rule.

Early History of the Butterley family

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Butterley Spelling Variations

Spelling variations of this family name include: Butterly, Buttarley, Butterleigh, Betterly and many more.

Early Notables of the Butterley family (pre 1700)

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United States Butterley migration to the United States +

Some of the first settlers of this family name were:

Butterley Settlers in United States in the 19th Century
  • John Butterley, who arrived in New York, NY in 1816 [1]
  • Mary Butterley, who landed in New York, NY in 1816 [1]

Australia Butterley migration to Australia +

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

Butterley Settlers in Australia in the 19th Century
  • Mr. Nicholas Butterley, (b. 1801), aged 23, Irish soldier who was convicted in Dublin, Ireland for 14 years for desertion from the army, transported aboard the "Chapman" on 6th April 1824, arriving in Tasmania (Van Diemen's Land), he died in 1861 [2]

New Zealand Butterley 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:

Butterley Settlers in New Zealand in the 19th Century
  • Mr. Charles Butterley, (b. 1839), aged 35, British settler travelling from London aboard the ship "Peter Denny" arriving in Port Chalmers, Dunedin, Otago, South Island, New Zealand on 26th July 1874 [3]
  • Mrs. Mary Butterley, (b. 1846), aged 28, British settler travelling from London aboard the ship "Peter Denny" arriving in Port Chalmers, Dunedin, Otago, South Island, New Zealand on 26th July 1874 [3]
  • Miss Kate Butterley, (b. 1871), aged 3, British settler travelling from London aboard the ship "Peter Denny" arriving in Port Chalmers, Dunedin, Otago, South Island, New Zealand on 26th July 1874 [3]

Contemporary Notables of the name Butterley (post 1700) +

  • Nigel Henry Cockburn Butterley AM (1935-2022), Australian composer and pianist, winner of the Don Banks Music Award in 1985


  1. ^ 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)
  2. ^ Convict Records of Australia (Retreived 26th January 2021, retreived from https://convictrecords.com.au/ships/chapman)
  3. ^ New Zealand Yesteryears Passenger Lists 1800 to 1900 (Retrieved 26th March 2019). Retrieved from http://www.yesteryears.co.nz/shipping/passlist.html


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