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Butler Family History

Butler Name Meaning
English and Irish: from a word that originally denoted a wine steward, usually the chief servant of a medieval household, from Norman French butuiller (Old French bouteillier, Latin buticularius, from buticula ‘bottle’). In the large households of royalty and the most powerful nobility, the title came to denote an officer of high rank and responsibility, only nominally concerned with the supply of wine, if at all.Anglicized form of French Boutilier.Jewish (from Poland and Ukraine): occupational name for a bottle maker, from Yiddish butl ‘bottle’ + the agent suffix -er.

Source: Dictionary of American Family Names ©2013, Oxford University Press

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Name Distribution of Butler Families

  • Number of Butler families
     1,169 - 2,336
     390 - 1,168
     1 - 389
     
    from the 1920 US Federal Census Data
  • Number of Butler families
     1,747 - 3,492
     583 - 1,746
     1 - 582
     
    from the 1891 England and Wales Census Data
  • Number of Butler families
     112 - 221
     38 - 111
     1 - 37
     
    from the 1891 Scotland Census Data

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Butler Family Origin

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