Butt Family History

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Butt Name Meaning

English: topographic name for someone who lived near a place used for archery practice, from Middle English butte ‘mark for archery’, ‘target’, ‘goal’. In the Middle Ages archery practice was a feudal obligation, and every settlement had its practice area. English: topographic name from Middle English butte ‘strip of land abutting on a boundary’, ‘short strip or ridge at right angles to other strips in a common field’. English: from Middle English butte, bott ‘butt’, ‘cask’, applied as a metonymic occupational name for a cooper or as a nickname possibly for a heavy drinker or for a large, fat man. English: from a Middle English personal name, But(t), of unknown origin, perhaps originally a nickname meaning ‘short and stumpy’, and akin to late Middle English butt ‘thick end’, ‘stump’, ‘buttock’ (of Germanic origin). German and English: in both Middle Low German and Middle English the word but(te) denoted various types of marine fish, originally a fish with a blunt head, for example halibut (German Heilbutt) or turbot (German Steinbutt), and the surname may in some cases be a metonymic occupational name for a seller of fish or salt fish. Kashmiri: variant of Bhatt.

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

Similar surnames: Batt, Hutt, Bott, Tutt, Nutt, Bunt, Butz, Burt, Buth, Dutt

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Butt Ethnicity Estimate

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  • Ireland & Scotland


  • Southern Asia


  • Germanic Europe


  • Norway


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Butt Family Origin

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Butt Family Occupations

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In 1880, a less common occupation for the Butt family was Farm Laborer. The most common Butt occupation in the USA was Farmer. 37% of Butt's were Farmers. Farmer, Laborer and Keeping House were the top 3 reported jobs worked by Butt.

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  • Farmer

  • Laborer

  • Keeping House

  • Farm Laborer


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Butt Historical Records

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Census Record

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Passenger List

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Draft Card

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Butt Life Expectancy

What is the average Butt lifespan?

Between 1943 and 2004, in the United States, Butt life expectancy was at its lowest point in 1952, and highest in 2002. The average life expectancy for Butt in 1943 was 70, and 78 in 2004.

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