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Family spelling variants includes Le Boutillier, Buttler

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Family spelling variants include Buttler, Le Boutillier.

There are approximately 350,150 Butler family members around the world. In general you can double this figure to include those related to the Butler names to allow for those connected to the name through maiden name connections.

It is estimated that the largest group of Butler family members live USA 238,385 (68.1%), England with 42,009 (12%), Australia with 20,631 (5.9%), Canada with 15,370 (4.4%), South Africa with 13,789 (3.9%), Ireland with 11,479 (3.3%), New Zealand with 3,465 (1%), Scotland with 2,527 (0.7%) and Wales with 2,495 (0.7%) members. 

English and Irish from an Anglicised form of French Boutilier, from Old French bouteillier denoting a ‘servant in charge of the wine-cellar’ or wine steward, usually the head servant. Originating from Latin buticularius, from buticula meaning ‘bottle’.

Also an occupational name for a bottle maker, from Yiddish butl ‘bottle’ + the agent suffix -er.

Early bearers of the surname include: Hugo Buteiller, 1055 in Documents in France; Alexander le butiller, 1174–84 in Hatton’s Book of Seals (Hunts); Baldwin le Buteilier, 1200 in Pipe Rolls (Kent); William le Boteller, 1260 in Assize Rolls (Cambs); Henry le Butler, 1327 in Subsidy Rolls (Worcs); Brigg le Botiller’, 1379 in Poll Tax (Burnham Thorpe, Norfolk); Johannes Buteler, Walterus Butelier, 1381 in Poll Tax (Buckhorn Weston, Dorset); Johannes Butler, 1538 in IGI (Croydon, Surrey); James Butler, 1539 in IGI (Feckenham, Worcs); Richard Butler, 1539 in IGI (Stone, Bucks).

James Butler, English convict from Gloucester, who was transported aboard the "Andromeda" ship on 16th October 1826, settling in Van Diemen's Land, Australia.

In 1891, there were 23,225 occurrences in England and Wales and a further 333 occurrences in Scotland.

In 1881 census, the surname was widespread across the West Midlands and South East England. Although, Gloucestershire was a top county with 764 occurrences of which 92 were recorded in Bristol, as a top district for the surname.

In 1881, Agricultural Labourer, Labourer and Farmer were the top 3 reported jobs worked by Butler in the UK. The most common Butler occupation was Agricultural Labourer and a less common occupation was Coal Miner .

1881, 1891 Census

1881 Census in Kent

Dictionary of American Family Homes, P Hanks OUP 2003

Homes of Family Names in Great Britain, H.B. Guppy, London 1890

The Oxford Dictionary of Family Names in Britain and Ireland, P.Hanks, Coats, McClure OUP 2016

1860 Lower, Mark A Patronymica Britannica: a dictionary of the family names of the United Kingdom, London: J.R Smith. Public Domain

1857 Arthur, William An Etymological Dictionary of Family and Christian Names. New York: Sheldon, Blakeman. Public Domain


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My Great Grandfather, Abel Anderson Butler, came from Massachusetts and settled in Mississippi around 1850. I believe his family previously moved from Ireland to Massachusetts. He was born around 1820. I have traced his ancestry back until then but I have hit a dead end. I plan on making a trip to Ireland so I would like to find out more information about my ancestry.


frederick butler born in tong yorkshire in 1818 and died at the battle of inkerman in 1854


frederick butler born 1818 in tong yorkshire and died at the battle if inkerman in 1854


Frederick butler born 1818 in Tong Yorkshire and died at the Battle of inkerman in 1854


My Father was a Patrick Joseph Butler of 41 Pearse St, Kilkenny Ireland. I know very little about him.He did have 2 Brothers Sean and Michael.Also Christina his Sister. I do not that his Sister married a McGrath and divorced him. What I really want to know is my Grandmothers Maiden name. I think her first name was Maria not sure. But that address is correct. Any info at all would be greatly appreciated

Angeleana Butler

I am a Angeleana Butler and I have been doing a lot of research on our Butler ancestry and I am so fascinated with our History. I would love to correspond with any of the Butlers in Ireland, if anyone would like to reach out to me that would be amazing.


Tony Butler from Mallow, Co. Cork here people....


As I find... very cryptic!


hi to all the butlers Im getting a tattoo on my arm and want to incorporate our crest into it Love the motto Any suggestions


Hello Butlers! Long shot but is the Butler in Pretoria, SA, involved in mining? I have a great-grand father who came from there. Holly


Hi, Im the great grand daughter of the Butler family in Kilkenny who ran the stables for the last Butlers who lived in the Castle. My great great grandfather, Thomas Butler, taught the last Butler daughter the Butlers of Ormonde how to horse ride. Any other Butlers out there?


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