Butler Family History

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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

Similar surnames: Cutler, Butter, Buller, Butner, Beutler, Buttler, Kugler, Bitler

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Butler Ethnicity Estimate

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These results combine data from everyone in the AncestryDNA® database with the last name Butler. The Ancestry® ethnicity regions shown are top five most common on average for these people.

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  • England & Wales


  • Ireland & Scotland


  • Germanic Europe


  • Cameroon, Congo, & Southern Bantu Peoples


  • Benin/Togo


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Butler Family Origin

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Butler Family Occupations

What did your Butler ancestors do for a living?

In 1880, a less common occupation for the Butler family was Farm Laborer. The most common Butler occupation in the USA was Farmer. 32% of Butler's were Farmers. Farmer, Laborer and Keeping House were the top 3 reported jobs worked by Butler.

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  • Farmer

  • Laborer

  • Keeping House

  • Farm Laborer


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Butler Historical Records

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Census Record

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Passenger List

There are 132,000 immigration records available for the last name Butler. Passenger lists are your ticket to knowing when your ancestors arrived in the USA, and how they made the journey - from the ship name to ports of arrival and departure.

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Draft Card

There are 239,000 military records available for the last name Butler. For the veterans among your Butler ancestors, military collections provide insights into where and when they served, and even physical descriptions.

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Butler Life Expectancy

What is the average Butler lifespan?

Between 1940 and 2004, in the United States, Butler life expectancy was at its lowest point in 1944, and highest in 2001. The average life expectancy for Butler in 1940 was 38, and 73 in 2004.

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