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.
The earliest occurrence of the Butler surname in our family history documents is from 1400, and we currently have 2,077,879 records where Butler appears.
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Typical jobs for Butlers
Hard-working people, the Butlers. 1781 worked as labourers, according to the 1901 Census.
Where most Butlers lived
In the 1900s, you’d probably bump into a Butler in London.
Butlers’ criminal history
How do we put this... Not all Butlers were angels, apparently. We found 2056 in criminal records.
Butlers in World War I
According to the World War I records, 2754 Butlers served in the First World War.