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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


Similar surnames: Hutter, Better, Nutter, Futter, Butters, Bueter, Sutter, Butler

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Where is the Butter family from?

You can see how Butter families moved over time by selecting different census years. The Butter family name was found in the USA, the UK, Canada, and Scotland between 1840 and 1920. The most Butter families were found in United Kingdom in 1891. In 1840 there were 14 Butter families living in New York. This was about 25% of all the recorded Butter's in USA. New York had the highest population of Butter families in 1840.
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What did your Butter ancestors do for a living?

In 1921, Farmer and Stenographer were the top reported jobs for men and women in the Canada named Butter. 41% of Butter men worked as a Farmer and 37% of Butter women worked as a Stenographer. Some less common occupations for Americans named Butter were Carpenter and Nurse. .

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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.

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Top Male Occupations In 1921

  • Farmer
    41%
  • Labourer
    12%
  • Laborer
    10%
  • Carpenter
    5%

Top Female Occupations In 1921

  • Stenographer
    37%
  • Housekeeper
    16%
  • Housewife
    16%
  • Nurse
    11%
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Census Records

There are 147,000 census records available for the last name Butter. Like a window into their day-to-day life, Butter census records can tell you where and how your ancestors worked, their level of education, veteran status, and more.

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Passenger Lists

There are 12,000 immigration records available for the last name Butter. 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 Cards

There are 9,000 military records available for the last name Butter. For the veterans among your Butter ancestors, military collections provide insights into where and when they served, and even physical descriptions.

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What is the average Butter lifespan?

Between 1944 and 2004, in the United States, Butter life expectancy was at its lowest point in 1957, and highest in 1983. The average life expectancy for Butter in 1944 was 56, and 81 in 2004.

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