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Butler

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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