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Origins of the Butler surname

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What does the name Butler mean?

The Butler surname in English, where it is thought to have arrived with the Normans and is found in documents dating back to the 1100s. Butler derives from the Norman French word 'butuiller' (bottler or bottlemaker) and was an occupational name describing someone who looked after bottles and casks of wine in a serving capacity, and those who descend from them. The 'botiler' to the king was considered a position of great importance and through this position, the name found its way to Ireland with Norman nobility.

Alternative variations of the name Butler

Butler, Buttler, Butlar, Batler, Burtler

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Where do most Butlers live?

In 1921, most Butlers lived in London.

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Interesting facts about Butlers

How common is your surname?

99th most common surname in the UK

We have 299,000 records for the Butler surname. The oldest one dates back to 1220.

Who were Butlers most likely to marry?




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What are the most common Butler first names?

  • John
  • William
  • Mary
  • Elizabeth

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Common jobs for Butlers

Men and women often performed different types of jobs, so these are displayed by gender to maintain their historical accuracy.

Common Female occupations for Butlers in 1921




Domestic Servant


General Servant Domestic




Common Male occupations for Butlers in 1921
Agricultural Labourer


General Labourer


Farm Labourer


Coal Miner




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