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Butler Name Meaning

English and Irish: 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. Anglicized form of French Boutilier. 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 ©2013, Oxford University Press


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

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Butler Family Origin

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Butler Family Occupations

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In 1881, the most common Butler occupation in Canada was Farmer. 29% of Butler's were Farmers. Farmer, Servant and Labourer were the top 3 reported jobs worked by Butler. A less common occupation for the Butler family was Going To School.

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  • Farmer

    29%
  • Servant

    5%
  • Labourer

    5%
  • Going To School

    4%

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Butler Historical Records

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Census Record

There are 3,000 census records available for the last name Butler. Like a window into their day-to-day life, Butler census records can tell you where and how your ancestors worked, their level of education, veteran status, and more.

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Passenger List

There are 642 immigration records available for the last name Butler. Passenger lists are your ticket to knowing when your ancestors arrived in Canada, and how they made the journey - from the ship name to ports of arrival and departure.

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Draft Card

There are 1,000 military records available for the last name Butler. For the veterans among your Butler ancestors, military collections provide insights into where and when they served, and even physical descriptions.

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Butler Life Expectancy

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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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An unusually short lifespan might indicate that your Butler ancestors lived in harsh conditions. A short lifespan might also indicate health problems that were once prevalent in your family. The SSDI is a searchable database of more than 70 million names. You can find birthdates, death dates, addresses and more.

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