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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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You can see how Butt families moved over time by selecting different census years. The Butt family name was found in the USA, the UK, Canada, and Scotland between 1840 and 1920. The most Butt families were found in the UK in 1891. In 1840 there were 62 Butt families living in Virginia. This was about 25% of all the recorded Butt's in the USA. Virginia had the highest population of Butt families in 1840.
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What did your Butt ancestors do for a living?

In 1940, Farmer and Housewife were the top reported jobs for men and women in the US named Butt. 20% of Butt men worked as a Farmer and 9% of Butt women worked as a Housewife. Some less common occupations for Americans named Butt were Clerk and Teacher.

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*We display top occupations by gender to maintain their historical accuracy during times when men and women often performed different jobs.

Top Male Occupations in 1940

  • Farmer
    20%
  • Laborer
    12%
  • Salesman
    6%
  • Clerk
    5%

Top Female Occupations in 1940

  • Housewife
    9%
  • Clerk
    9%
  • Stenographer
    8%
  • Teacher
    7%
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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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