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Butler Name Meaning

English: from a word that originally denoted a wine steward usually the chief servant of a medieval household from Norman French butuiller (Old French bouteillier Latin buticularius from buticula ‘bottle’). In the large households of royalty and the most powerful nobility the title came to denote an officer of high rank and responsibility only nominally concerned with the supply of wine if at all. As well as being widespread in England this is also the surname of an important Irish family descended from Theobald FitzWalter who was appointed Chief Butler of Ireland by King Henry II in 1177. It is Gaelicized as de Buitléir. English: occasionally perhaps an occupational name from Middle English boteler ‘maker of bottles (usually of leather)’ a derivative of Middle English botel Old French bo(u)teille ‘bottle’ and synonymous with Botelmaker. Americanized form of French Bouthillier (see Bouteiller ). Americanized form of German Buttler 2 a cognate of 1 above or of Buttlar (see Buttler ). Jewish (from Poland and Ukraine): occupational name for a bottle maker from Yiddish butl ‘bottle’ + the agent suffix -er.

Source: Dictionary of American Family Names 2nd edition, 2022

Similar surnames: Cutler, Butter, Buller, Butner, Beutler, Buttler, Kugler, Bitler

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You can see how Butler families moved over time by selecting different census years. The Butler family name was found in the USA, the UK, Canada, and Scotland between 1840 and 1920. The most Butler families were found in USA in 1880. In 1891 there were 3,492 Butler families living in London. This was about 15% of all the recorded Butler's in United Kingdom. London had the highest population of Butler families in 1891.
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What did your Butler ancestors do for a living?

In 1939, General Labourer and Unpaid Domestic Duties were the top reported jobs for men and women in the United Kingdom named Butler. 7% of Butler men worked as a General Labourer and 65% of Butler women worked as an Unpaid Domestic Duties. Some less common occupations for Americans named Butler were Gardener and Private Means. .

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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 1939

  • General Labourer
  • Builders Labourer
  • Incapacitated
  • Gardener

Top Female Occupations In 1939

  • Unpaid Domestic Duties
  • Housewife
  • Unpaid Domestic
  • Private Means
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Between 1940 and 2004, in the United States, Butler life expectancy was at its lowest point in 1944, and highest in 2001. The average life expectancy for Butler in 1940 was 38, and 73 in 2004.

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