Last name: Butler

This famous aristocratic surname is of Norman-French origins, and is one of the very few to be accepted as being pre-1066 in origin and recording, and even rarer still to be recorded in France itself. It is in a sense job descriptive, deriving the Olde French 'bouteillier' and meaning "one who supplies the bottles" but more specifically the wine. However 'Bouteillier'in the surname sense defines status in a royal or at least noble, household, along with the Marshall (Master of the Horse), The Steward (Head of the Estate), The (dis)Spencer (Head of Provisions) and the Bouteillier or Butler (Master of the Pantry). That the original 'Butlers' were much more than servants of any sort is shown by the fact that when Theodore Fitzwalter accompanied King Henry 11 on his conquest of Ireland in 1171, he was not only appointed 'Chief Butler of Ireland' but he subsequently adopted 'Butler' as his surname. In England and Ireland no less than ninety four Coats of Arms have been granted to Boteler and Butler, the first being to Robert de Pincerna, butler to Randolf, Earl of Chester, in 1158, and the first of the Butlers of Cheshire. This original and ancient arms has the blazon of a red field, a bend between three goblets, all gold. The Butler's were also amongst the first into the new American Colonies, Francis Butler, aged 18, being recorded as a settler at 'Elizabeth Cittie, Virginea'in January 1624. He arrived on the ship 'Bonaventure' and was a member of the governors guard, history repeating itself. The first recorded spelling of the family name is shown to be that of Hugo Buteiller, which was dated 1055, The calendar of preserved ancient documents of France, during the reign of King Henry 1 of France, 1031 - 1060. Surnames became necessary when governments introduced personal taxation. In England this was known as Poll Tax. Throughout the centuries, surnames in every country have continued to "develop" often leading to astonishing variants of the original spelling.

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Diane Butler

Mostly Irish , mainly in County Kilkenny,my father was from there thats the home of the Butler name in Ireland , there is also a Butler castle in Kilkenny and one in county Tipperary, but most of the Butlers are in Kilkenny. Contact me on if you need more details

chris butler

How do you know we're your family is from? Most say Irish or German for the Butler name. I have no idea nd or no way to know we're to start, as my grandparents have passed. Any help?

Brandon Butler

1 Norman Bernard Butler 1852 - +Almina Gardner 1852 - I am descendants of the above let me know if that helps any

Butler's last name is Jewish

Lois Butler Herr
I am trying to find the parents of my Great, Great Grandfather Shedrick James Butler. He was born 1843 Place unknown to me. He married Angelina Wisor in 1865 . They lived in Clearfield County, Pa. I was told he moved up to Pa. from West Virginia. Any help would be welcome.

Randy Miller
I am a Butler maternally; my mother's maiden name was Butler. She was born in New Castle, Indiana, USA in 1928 and died in 2011. Her father was William Harrison Butler (1890-1963; born Spring City, TN). His father was George Washington Butler. That's the furthest back I can go. Any help appreciated.

Esther Butler
I am looking for some further information on my relative Christopher Butler born 1724 in North Carolina. I have hit a "wall" and I cannot find any more information about him or his parents. Anyone got any help or ideas?
All of my Butlers came over from England. Henry Atkinson Butler came over around 1869 and the family said he came into Savannah, Georgia, although no ships came directly from England to any places other than New York, I think. I have tried to find his parents in England but it is very hard when you do not know their names. I think our ancestors came from every country. Henry came over with two brothers, William and Thomas. Thomas died on a ship going back to England and supposedly William remained in New York but I can't verify this. is the best bet to find any of your relatives if you know enough information to enter the names, etc. I anyone knows anything about these three names, I would appreciate the information.

Sharrie Butler- Patterson
Hi, I am looking for information about the Butler family in St. Louis, Missouri, USA. My father Norman David Butler Jr. was born there to Eva and Norman David Butler Sr. I am just starting out tracing my ancestors, and would like any information anyone can provide. N.D. Butler Sr. was a Baptist preacher in Southern Oklahoma and had been married several times. My aunts and uncles have passed on and I am not able to ask them any questions. Thank you for any information I receive.

hope butler
Hi my name is hope Butler. My fathers name is Clint Michael Butler and his father Martin Butler. We are related to the henthorns. My grandmothers name is Jane henthorn. They live in Oklahoma and are Choctaw and sac and fox. I want to know our history.

Connie Wagar (Wood/ Butler)
Please folks posting. Do not assume that we are all from any one country here. We need dates known, Country and county or state depending on where you are living. As my Grandfather was Stanley Butler, Married a Lady named Lillian and I believe was from SE Canada. They emigrated to the US in the early 1900's and were naturalized as citizens here in the upstate area of NY. My Grandfather lived in Whitesboro, NY for many years and they had family in the Adirondack mountains of NY. Stan ha and his Wife Lillian from Canada as well, had 3 boys named Stan( known as Jack to keep separate from his fathers name), Donald and Raymond. I am the Daughter of Raymond. I know Uncle Stan had a daughter Donna who died in Florida I believe. I think she had children as well but do not know for sure. I also know he had a son Donald, and another son as well. I know Uncle Stan died in Florida. I would love to know any info from Canada on the family as well as where in Ireland they emigrated from. TY. And would love to contact any living relatives willing to talk. My mother has kept us separate for a long time.

Connie Wagar (Wood/ Butler)
Well, so it seems that in the 1800's the butlers I descended from came from Canada. Most interesting. My Grandfather was a Canadian who met his wife Lillian, and they married and became US citizens in the early 1900,s I think Lillian became naturalized in 1923.

Eric Butler

I traced my family directly to Lt. Col. John Butler. You should look there. Eric Butler

Connie Wagar (Wood/ Butler)
My Father was I found out, Raymond Francis Butler. Both of his parents it seems were from Canada and became citizens of the US in the 20's. Lillian was his mother and Stanley the father. I was born a Butler...ANd they divorced and I found out my last name was Butler on the Birth Cert. I want to know more about my History. My father had 2 brothers, Stanley (Jack) and Donald. Don was a Lawyer in NYC, and I know Jack and his wife moved to Florida. They has 2 boys and a girl. Donna was the only one I saw I remember and she passed in her 50's. Would love contact with anyone in the family for information.

Encourage all Male Butlers to join the Butler DNA project to determine who your earliest ancestor was.......test is easy: cheek swab......cost is low: around $99

e butler

how I do this iam a butler on my( fthr side ) and my mothr grandmthr was butler. her side of the famly were white folks and natives(indins) were not considerd Indians until 1920's onward (negr, colred, and then so-on , I have found a smll percentage im proud of as native (indian need more help on that part) as well as creole speakers, (these tid-bits also been hidden frm me until a family mem slip up and I ask them . 3 generatins down, the white side was seen once by a family member. like to know more about (dna butler project eml me at- also went to school with some other butlers

Marie Butler
Hi I am a butler my father was born in county Waterford Ireland Martin Butler his parents were John butler who was born 23rd of January 1924 and mother Eileen butler Martin has brother bobby butler and sisters Betty butler and margaret butler! You can contact me on

Sharon Coffin
My grt. grt. grandfather was Simon Butler.He was a indain man Born on the indain territory in Kentucky in 1776 .I can not find his mother or father. I thought maybe someone knew how to find te indian records of that time.

Hello. I am looking for connections to Butlers from Rockingham or Caswell counties North Carolina in the 1700-1800;s. I have traced back to Thomas Stradler Butler b 1818. His father is probably Moses Butler b 1797.

Paul butler Leeds
I believe my family comes from crew near nantwhich only know as far back as my great grandfather Robert Butler and his son Frank Butler ( message for lynder)

Kristen Butler
Hi Paul, My grandfather's name was Frank Butler. He was a farmer in Swedesboro, New Jersey. He had several brothers and one sister. I think her name was Margaret. I think one of his brother's name was Clarence.

Connie Wagar (Wood/ Butler)
WOuld you post more information as I do not know where Nantwich is, and am in the US as are many of us posting here. IT would help to trace folks if we knew birthh date or approx. As well.

My tree goes back to the Butlers in Hanmer, Shropshire. but i can't get any further back than 1635-- i think possibly there is a link with Butlers in Nantwich, looking for more data

I know for a fact I'm related to Nathaniel butler because 1 my grandma told me 2 my mom found are family tree 3 my mom has a cousin with the last name butler

Aimee Butler
I from a Butler family of Peru, South America. I know that one ancestor of mine arrived in the 19th century from Great Britain or Ireland. I'd like to have more info about that side of my family, if someone knows.

Juan Butler
hi Aimee im from a Butler family of Peru too. I have an old Bible. in this Bible's a review of the ship that arrived in Peru from Ireland. This Bible is the only thing I have as my ancestor legade. I would like to meet you to show you the Bible. my telephone number is 999227513. See you soon

Jennifer Butler Fieldhouse
Hi, I'm looking for any Butlers from the Norfolk and/or Sunderland area's

Jamieson Butler
Hi, I'm Jamieson Butler from Edinburgh Scotland my father James Butler discovered he was related through an Irish connection to a family of Butler's living in Norfolk who have been resident there for four/five generations.

Steve Butler
Steve Butler from London,Great Grandfather John Butler died 15.9.16 Battle of Flers Courcelette Somme France.His grandfather William Butler came to East Ham London 1830 from Biggleswade Bedfordshire.Butlers Have lived in East Ham East London since then until now.Father David Butler born 1941,am looking for his brothers John and Micheals relatives who live in the Barking and Dagenham areas.

hi i am david butler (beatler) i am looking for great grandad lee butler and his parents down in redruth

jessica E Warr
I've descended from a family of Butlers who settled in Iredale County near Harmony NC. my grandfather John Alexander Butler ran the old Butler mill there in the late 18hundreds. him and his wife Lucy Yager had nine children between them. John had two brothers James and William. like to hear from you if you are on this Butler tree. Betty Butler Warr

paul butler
Paul butler great granddad robert butler , granddad frnk butler they lived At warrington ripon and ramsgate !!

Sandra Butler Brown
My name is Sandra Butler Brown I am trying to find some of my daddy's relatives last I know they were in Madison, Florida. His parents were Lee and Ruby Butler. I know he das brothers and sisters.

Anthony Hughes
Looking for any Butlers of Co. Tipperary.

Kristen Butler
I am the granddaughter of Frank Butler of South New Jersey. He was a farmer in the Swedesboro area. I don't know much about this side of my family. Would love to meet someone from this clan:)

Paul butler
my name is Paul Anthony butler son of Malcolm butler >>>> they came from ripon, Warrington , and lived in ramsgate any info thanks

Sara Butler
I have been trying to track down my father's side of the family. His name was William Brent Butler. He died in 1993. I can't seem to get any information about him or his parents. Anyone???

You can request his birth certificate and you can track your family that way cause it will tell you who his parent are and go from there.

Megan Butler
Ryan Butler :D

emma butler
my grandfather is ciril george butler, of grimsby

danni butler
I'm looking for relations of Reginald Butler. Lived in Southampton with wife Nora.

Billy Butler
wow interesting! I'm 7th generation Australian convict and currently trying to figure out what the crime was! lol

jessie Dunning
I am looking for descendants of Joseph (josef) Felix Butler who was in 1860 in County Aargau, Switzerland.

Grant Klenner
Hi, I'm also a descendant. I would love to share info

Grant Klenner
Hi, I'm also a descendant. I would love to share info I am connected via the KLENNER family but have a far bit on Butler also.

Luke Haydock
I'm assuming you are a daughter or Grand-daughter of Lenore Dunning. Her brother Des (James) was my Grand Father.

Thomas Butler
I am looking for Butler family members that came from the Kerry Co, Ireland. Thomas Butler

Alan Butler
I do not know of a Nathaniel Butler but I am a Butler and my father was Charles Butler. Our family came from Killkenny and are linked to the Purcells through marriage.

danni butler
I think my great grandfather was Charles Butler. Had a son called Reg and from the South.

Martha Freeman
I am looking for family members that descended from Nathaniel Butler and Martha Noble Butler.