Butveleyn History, Family Crest & Coats of Arms

The name Butveleyn is of Anglo-Saxon origin and came from when the family lived in Norfolk,where the family was found since the early Middle Ages.

"Botevilain and Trossebot feared neither blow nor thrust, but heartily gave and took many on that day." Though thus signalised at the Battle of Hastings, the name does not occur in Domesday; and is only found in the following century in Norfolk and Northamptonshire." [1]

Early Origins of the Butveleyn family

The surname Butveleyn was first found in Norfolk, but early records also revealed that the name was found in Northamptonshire where Boutevillaine was changed to Butlin. Such changes were frequently listed "Butlin alias Boutevillaine" up to the time of Elizabeth. [2]

"Flordon (in Norfolk) came to the Buttevillains very early. Robert held it in 1139."-Blomfield. According to the Liber Niger, he held two knight's fees of Walter de Wahull, and three of Roger Bigot, Earl of Norfolk. His son William founded Pipewell Abbey in Northamptonshire, where "he held lands, at Pipewell and elsewhere. He was in great favour with Henry II., who, upon going into Normandy, gave him a writ, directed to the Bishops of London and Norwich, and to all his liege people, English and Norman, of Northamptonshire, Norfolk, and Suffolk, granting him all the lands and other liberties that his father had enjoyed." [1]

Early History of the Butveleyn family

This web page shows only a small excerpt of our Butveleyn research. Another 133 words (10 lines of text) covering the years 1130, 1150, 1205, 1273, 1344, 1429, 1662 and 1707 are included under the topic Early Butveleyn History in all our PDF Extended History products and printed products wherever possible.

Butveleyn Spelling Variations

It is only in the last few hundred years that the English language has been standardized. For that reason, early Anglo-Saxon surnames like Butveleyn are characterized by many spelling variations. As the English language changed and incorporated elements of other European languages, even literate people changed the spelling of their names. Scribes and monks in the Middle Ages spelled names they sounded, so it is common to find several variations that refer to a single person. The variations of the name Butveleyn include: Butlin, Butevilain, Buteuillanus, Butevilein, Botevileyn, Botevilein, Botevelyn, Butveleyn, Butlyn, Butlen, Botlin and many more.

Early Notables of the Butveleyn family (pre 1700)

More information is included under the topic Early Butveleyn Notables in all our PDF Extended History products and printed products wherever possible.

Migration of the Butveleyn family

Many English families tired of political and religious strife left Britain for the new colonies in North America. Although the trip itself offered no relief - conditions on the ships were extremely cramped, and many travelers arrived diseased, starving, and destitute - these immigrants believed the opportunities that awaited them were worth the risks. Once in the colonies, many of the families did indeed prosper and, in turn, made significant contributions to the culture and economies of the growing colonies. An inquiry into the early roots of North American families has revealed a number of immigrants bearing the name Butveleyn or a variant listed above: John Butlin who arrived in Barbados in 1668.



  1. ^ Cleveland, Dutchess of The Battle Abbey Roll with some Account of the Norman Lineages. London: John Murray, Abermarle Street, 1889. Print. Volume 1 of 3
  2. ^ Lowe, Mark Anthony, Patronymica Britannica, A Dictionary of Family Names of the United Kingdom. London: John Russel Smith, 1860. Print.


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