Butter Family History
Butter Name Meaning
Dutch and German: occupational name for a dairyman or seller of butter from Middle Dutch butter and Middle High German buter. English: occupational name for a dairyman a shortened form of Middle English buterer ‘maker or seller of butter’. Alternatively it may be a nickname from Middle English buter(e) ‘butter’. English and Scottish: occupational name for someone who was in charge of provisions the keeper of a buttery or wine store (from Old French boter). English (of Norman origin): possibly a shortened variant of Bultitude from Anglo-Norman French bote torte ‘twisted boot’ (bote ‘boot’ + torte ‘twisted’) from which arose the name Botetourt County Virginia. English: occasionally perhaps a nickname from Middle English botor Old French butor ‘bittern’ a bird that is noted for its boom in the breeding season; it was sometimes known as ‘the bull of the bog’.
Source: Dictionary of American Family Names ©2013, Oxford University Press