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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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Where is the Butterworth family from?

You can see how Butterworth families moved over time by selecting different census years. The Butterworth family name was found in the USA, the UK, Canada, and Scotland between 1840 and 1920. The most Butterworth families were found in the UK in 1891. In 1840 there were 14 Butterworth families living in New Jersey. This was about 18% of all the recorded Butterworth's in the USA. New Jersey had the highest population of Butterworth families in 1840.
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What did your Butterworth ancestors do for a living?

In 1940, Farmer and Clerk were the top reported jobs for men and women in the US named Butterworth. 11% of Butterworth men worked as a Farmer and 9% of Butterworth women worked as a Clerk. Some less common occupations for Americans named Butterworth were Clerk and Housekeeper.

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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
    11%
  • Laborer
    10%
  • Salesman
    10%
  • Clerk
    6%

Top Female Occupations in 1940

  • Clerk
    9%
  • Housewife
    9%
  • Stenographer
    8%
  • Housekeeper
    8%
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Census Records

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 Lists

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 Cards

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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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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