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The name Button has been recorded in British history since the time when the Anglo-Saxons ruled over the region. The name is assumed to have been given to someone who was a maker of buttons. The surname Button is a metonymic name derived from the Old French word boton, which means button.

Button Early Origins



The surname Button was first found in Hampshire and later in Gloucestershire and Somerset. Lower says the family can be traced to the 13th century in Hampshire where Sir Walter de Button was progenitor of the family about 1216 A.D. The family had flourished for several centuries in that county, intermarrying with many distinguished families, supplementing their estates with marriages of the heiresses of the Furneaux, Bryan, Turbevilles, Bassets and others. William of Bitton I (d. 1264,) also listed as William Button was a medieval Bishop of Bath and Wells. His nephews included another William of Bitton (d. 1274,) was also Bishop of Bath and Wells; and William's brother, a Thomas of Bitton (d. 1307,) an archdeacon and dean of Wells, and later Bishop of Exeter (1291-1307).

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Button Spelling Variations


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Button Spelling Variations



The first dictionaries that appeared in the last few hundred years did much to standardize the English language. Before that time, spelling variations in names were a common occurrence. The language was changing, incorporating pieces of other languages, and the spelling of names changed with it. Button has been spelled many different ways, including Button, Bitton, Buttoner, Buton, Biton, Buttons, Boutin, Bouttin, Bouton, Boutton, Budden, Buddan, Boudin, Bouddin, Buttan, Buddon, Buddin, Butten, Buttin, Butting, Budding, Buttane and many more.

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Button Early History


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Button Early History



This web page shows only a small excerpt of our Button research. Another 299 words (21 lines of text) covering the years 1713, 1355, 1355, 1584, 1655, 1614, 1629, 1665, 1625, 1648, 1680, 1624, 1679, 1659, 1679, 1620 and 1646 are included under the topic Early Button History in all our PDF Extended History products and printed products wherever possible.

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Button Early Notables (pre 1700)


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Button Early Notables (pre 1700)



Distinguished members of the family include Matthew Button who was executed in 1355; Sir William Button, 1st Baronet (1584-1655), an English politician who sat in the House of Commons at various times between 1614 and 1629, supported the Royalist cause in the English Civil War; John Button (died 1665), an English...

Another 99 words (7 lines of text) are included under the topic Early Button Notables in all our PDF Extended History products and printed products wherever possible.

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Button In Ireland


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Button In Ireland



Some of the Button family moved to Ireland, but this topic is not covered in this excerpt. Another 39 words (3 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


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The Great Migration



Thousands of English families in this era began to emigrate the New World in search of land and freedom from religious and political persecution. Although the passage was expensive and the ships were dark, crowded, and unsafe, those who made the voyage safely were rewarded with opportunities unavailable to them in their homeland. Research into passenger and immigration lists has revealed some of the very first Buttons to arrive in North America:

Button Settlers in United States in the 17th Century

  • Thomas Button settled in Virginia in 1623
  • John Button, who landed in Boston, Massachusetts in 1634
  • Robert Button, who arrived in Salem, Massachusetts in 1642
  • Eliz Button, who arrived in Virginia in 1642
  • Matthias Button, who arrived in Ipswich, Massachusetts in 1648
  • ... (More are available in all our PDF Extended History products and printed products wherever possible.)

Button Settlers in United States in the 18th Century

  • William Button, who landed in New Jersey in 1703-1716
  • Margarett Button, who landed in Virginia in 1719
  • Ralph Button, who arrived in Virginia in 1723
  • George Button, who landed in Pennsylvania in 1754
  • Samuel Button, who landed in America in 1765
  • ... (More are available in all our PDF Extended History products and printed products wherever possible.)

Button Settlers in United States in the 19th Century

  • Thomas Button, who landed in New York in 1844
  • John, Joseph, Joshua, and William Button, all arrived in Philadelphia, Pennsylvania between 1837 and 1848
  • J P Button, who arrived in San Francisco, California in 1850
  • I B Button, who landed in San Francisco, California in 1851
  • William Button was a fisherman of Seal Cove in 1852
  • ... (More are available in all our PDF Extended History products and printed products wherever possible.)

Button Settlers in Canada in the 18th Century

  • Richard Button settled in Old Perlican, Newfoundland in 1746 [1]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

Button Settlers in Canada in the 19th Century

  • Stephen Button settled in Heart's Content, Newfoundland in 1801 [1]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
  • Richard Button settled in Round Harbour in 1852

Button Settlers in Australia in the 19th Century

  • Zachariah Button, English convict from Essex, who was transported aboard the "Andromeda" on November 13, 1832, settling in New South Wales, Australia [2]CITATION[CLOSE]
    State Library of Queensland. (Retrieved 2014, November 27) Andromeda voyage to New South Wales, Australia in 1832 with 186 passengers. Retrieved from http://www.convictrecords.com.au/ships/andromeda/1832
  • Robert Button, English convict from Essex, who was transported aboard the "Arab" on February 22, 1834, settling in Van Diemen's Land, Australia [3]CITATION[CLOSE]
    State Library of Queensland. (Retrieved 2015, January 8) Arab voyage to Van Diemen's Land, Australia in 1834 with 230 passengers. Retrieved from http://www.convictrecords.com.au/ships/arab/1834
  • Eleanore Button arrived in Adelaide, Australia aboard the ship "Branken Moor" in 1840 [4]CITATION[CLOSE]
    State Records of South Australia. (Retrieved 2010, November 5) BRANKEN MOOR 1840. Retrieved from http://www.slsa.sa.gov.au/BSA/1840BrankenMoor.htm
  • James F Button arrived in Adelaide, Australia aboard the ship "Branken Moor" in 1840 [4]CITATION[CLOSE]
    State Records of South Australia. (Retrieved 2010, November 5) BRANKEN MOOR 1840. Retrieved from http://www.slsa.sa.gov.au/BSA/1840BrankenMoor.htm
  • Frederick John Button arrived in Adelaide, Australia aboard the ship "Branken Moor" in 1840 [4]CITATION[CLOSE]
    State Records of South Australia. (Retrieved 2010, November 5) BRANKEN MOOR 1840. Retrieved from http://www.slsa.sa.gov.au/BSA/1840BrankenMoor.htm
  • ... (More are available in all our PDF Extended History products and printed products wherever possible.)

Button Settlers in New Zealand in the 19th Century

  • Henry Button landed in Bay of Islands, New Zealand in 1836
  • Emma Button, aged 16, arrived in Auckland, New Zealand aboard the ship "Alumbagh" in 1875
  • Rebecca Button, aged 25, arrived in Wellington, New Zealand aboard the ship "Collingwood" in 1875
  • George Button, aged 3, arrived in Wellington, New Zealand aboard the ship "Collingwood" in 1875
  • Tom Button, aged 2, arrived in Wellington, New Zealand aboard the ship "Collingwood" in 1875
  • ... (More are available in all our PDF Extended History products and printed products wherever possible.)

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Contemporary Notables of the name Button (post 1700)


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Contemporary Notables of the name Button (post 1700)



  • Daniel Evan Button (1917-2009), Republican member of the United States House of Representatives from New York
  • Richard Totten "Dick" Button (b. 1929), American former figure skater
  • Stephen Decatur Button (1813-1897), American architect
  • Peter Thomas Button OBE (1929-1987), Pioneering rescue helicopter pilot
  • Jen Button (b. 1977), Canadian retired female butterfly and freestyle swimmer
  • Jensen Alexander Lyons Button MBE (b. 1980), British Formula One driver and the 2009 World Drivers' Champion

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Suggested Readings for the name Button


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Suggested Readings for the name Button



  • Button Families of America by Robert Glen Nye.

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Button Family Crest Products


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Citations


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Citations



  1. ^ Seary E.R., Family Names of the Island of Newfoundland, Montreal: McGill's-Queen's Universtity Press 1998 ISBN 0-7735-1782-0
  2. ^ State Library of Queensland. (Retrieved 2014, November 27) Andromeda voyage to New South Wales, Australia in 1832 with 186 passengers. Retrieved from http://www.convictrecords.com.au/ships/andromeda/1832
  3. ^ State Library of Queensland. (Retrieved 2015, January 8) Arab voyage to Van Diemen's Land, Australia in 1834 with 230 passengers. Retrieved from http://www.convictrecords.com.au/ships/arab/1834
  4. ^ State Records of South Australia. (Retrieved 2010, November 5) BRANKEN MOOR 1840. Retrieved from http://www.slsa.sa.gov.au/BSA/1840BrankenMoor.htm

Other References

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  2. Fairbairn. Fairbain's book of Crests of the Families of Great Britain and Ireland, 4th Edition 2 volumes in one. Baltimore: Heraldic Book Company, 1968. Print.
  3. Samuelsen, W. David. New York City Passenger List Manifests Index 1820 - 1824. North Salt Lake, Utah: Accelerated Indexing Systems International, 1986. Print.
  4. Bullock, L.G. Historical Map of England and Wales. Edinburgh: Bartholomew and Son, 1971. Print.
  5. Colletta, John P. They Came In Ships. Salt Lake City: Ancestry, 1993. Print.
  6. Reaney P.H and R.M. Wilson. A Dictionary of English Surnames. London: Routledge, 1991. Print. (ISBN 0-415-05737-X).
  7. Hanks, Patricia and Flavia Hodges. A Dictionary of Surnames. Oxford: Oxford University Press, 1988. Print. (ISBN 0-19-211592-8).
  8. Egle, William Henry. Pennsylvania Genealogies Scotch-Irish and German. Harrisburg: L.S. Hart, 1886. Print.
  9. Hitching, F.K and S. Hitching. References to English Surnames in 1601-1602. Walton On Thames: 1910. Print. (ISBN 0-8063-0181-3).
  10. Hanks, Hodges, Mills and Room. The Oxford Names Companion. Oxford: Oxford University Press, 2002. Print. (ISBN 0-19-860561-7).
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The Button Family Crest was acquired from the Houseofnames.com archives. The Button 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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