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Where did the English Buttram family come from? What is the English Buttram family crest and coat of arms? When did the Buttram family first arrive in the United States? Where did the various branches of the family go? What is the Buttram family history?

Buttram is a name of ancient Norman origin. It arrived in England with the Norman Conquest of 1066. Buttram is a name that comes from the Germanic personal name Bertram, which is composed of the elements berht, meaning "bright" or "famous," and hrabn, meaning "raven."

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Anglo-Norman names tend to be marked by an enormous number of spelling variations. This is largely due to the fact that Old and Middle English lacked any spelling rules when Norman French was introduced in the 11th century. The languages of the English courts at that time were French and Latin. These various languages mixed quite freely in the evolving social milieu. The final element of this mix is that medieval scribes spelled words according to their sounds rather than any definite rules, so a name was often spelled in as many different ways as the number of documents it appeared in. The name was spelled Bertram, Bartram, Battram, Berttram, Beartram, Beertram, Bertrim, Bertrem, Berttrim, Berttrem, Barttrem, Bartrim, Bertrame, Bartramn, Bartramm, Bertramm, Bortram, Bortrem and many more.

First found in Northumberland where their first record was in the year 1068. Hidcote Bartrim is a small village in the civil parish of Mickleton in the Cotswold district of Gloucestershire.


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This web page shows only a small excerpt of our Buttram research. Another 431 words(31 lines of text) covering the years 1168, 1296 and 1482 are included under the topic Early Buttram History in all our PDF Extended History products.

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Because of the political and religious discontent in England, families began to migrate abroad in enormous numbers. Faced with persecution and starvation at home, the open frontiers and generally less oppressive social environment of the New World seemed tantalizing indeed to many English people. The trip was difficult, and not all made it unscathed, but many of those who did get to Canada and the United States made important contributions to the young nations in which they settled. Some of the first North American settlers with Buttram name or one of its variants: John Bertram, who settled in Virginia in 1650; Peter Bertram, who landed in America in 1709; Thomas Bertram, who settled in Texas in 1836. Another Thomas settled in Georgia in 1821.

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  • H. Dean Buttram Jr. (b. 1950), United States former federal judge, nominated by President Bill Clinton to a seat on the United States District Court for the Northern District of Alabama (1998-2002)
  • Maxwell Emmett "Pat" Buttram (1915-1994), American actor, best known for playing the sidekick of Gene Autry and for his role as Mr. Haney in the television series Green Acres


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The motto was originally a war cry or slogan. Mottoes first began to be shown with arms in the 14th and 15th centuries, but were not in general use until the 17th century. Thus the oldest coats of arms generally do not include a motto. Mottoes seldom form part of the grant of arms: Under most heraldic authorities, a motto is an optional component of the coat of arms, and can be added to or changed at will; many families have chosen not to display a motto.

Motto: J'avance
Motto Translation: I advance.

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

This page was last modified on 9 February 2015 at 11:25.

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