Butterworth Family History

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Butterworth Name Meaning

English (Lancashire and Yorkshire): habitational name from places named Butterworth in Lancashire (near Rochdale) and in West Yorkshire. Both are so named with Old English butere ‘butter’ + worð ‘enclosure’. The surname is recorded from an early date in each of these two places; it probably arose independently in each.

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

Similar surnames: Buttermore, Shuttleworth, Cumberworth, Burnworth, Whitworth, Cudworth

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Butterworth Ethnicity Estimate

What are the common regions with the Butterworth name?

These results combine data from everyone in the AncestryDNA® database with the last name Butterworth. 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


  • France


  • Eastern Europe & Russia


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Butterworth Family Origin

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Butterworth Family Occupations

What did your Butterworth ancestors do for a living?

In 1880, the most common Butterworth occupation in the USA was Farmer. 21% of Butterworth's were Farmers. Farmer, Keeping House and Laborer were the top 3 reported jobs worked by Butterworth. A less common occupation for the Butterworth family was Machinist.

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  • Farmer

  • Keeping House

  • Laborer

  • Machinist


Census records can tell you a lot of little known facts about your Butterworth ancestors, such as occupation. Occupation can tell you about your ancestor's social and economic status.

Butterworth Historical Records

What Butterworth family records will you find?

Census Record

There are 165,000 census records available for the last name Butterworth. Like a window into their day-to-day life, Butterworth census records can tell you where and how your ancestors worked, their level of education, veteran status, and more.

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Passenger List

There are 16,000 immigration records available for the last name Butterworth. 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 12,000 military records available for the last name Butterworth. For the veterans among your Butterworth ancestors, military collections provide insights into where and when they served, and even physical descriptions.

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Butterworth Life Expectancy

What is the average Butterworth lifespan?

Between 1943 and 2004, in the United States, Butterworth life expectancy was at its lowest point in 1943, and highest in 1996. The average life expectancy for Butterworth in 1943 was 35, and 79 in 2004.

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An unusually short lifespan might indicate that your Butterworth ancestors lived in harsh conditions. A short lifespan might also indicate health problems that were once prevalent in your family. The SSDI is a searchable database of more than 70 million names. You can find birthdates, death dates, addresses and more.

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