The surname ‘Butts’ is of English origin. It is an English Patronymic of the name ‘Butt’, derived from a Middle English personal name, ‘But(t(‘, of unknown origin, perhaps originally a nickname meaning ‘short and stumpy’, and akin to the late Middle English word ‘butt’, meaning ‘thick end’, ‘stump’, ‘buttock’, (of Germanic origin). The Middle English word ‘but(te) was also a vocabulary word denoting various types of salt fish, originally a fish with a blunt head. The surname may sometimes have been acquired by a seller of salt fish. It is also a topographic name for someone who lived near a place used for archery practice, from the Middle English word ‘but’, meaning ‘mark for archery’, ‘target’, ‘goal’, (from the Old Flemish word ‘aim’, ‘target’, of unknown origin). The surname ‘Butts’, was very common in the counties of Devonshire and Cornwall from the seventeenth century onwards. Public and Civil registry archive’s confirm that the surname ‘Butts’ and or it’s variant’s, date as far back as the sixteenth century were a ‘Ambrose Button’, from Wiltshire, England, is recorded on the Register of the University of Oxfo… Coat of arms: Az. two chevrons engrailed between four estoiles, three …
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