The surname Butler is of English and Irish origin.It was an occupational name for a wine steward,usually the chief steward of a medieval household.In the large households of the most powerful nobility and royalty,the title of Butler frequently denoted an officer of high rank and responsibility,only slightly concerned with the supply of wine and its importation.The name signifies the one in charge of the bottles.It is an Anglo-Norman-French name,Bouteillier,’servant in charge of the wine cellar’,which evovled into the surname,Butler.It was also a surname adopted by people of a Jewish background,for reosons which are unclear.In Ireland the name has always been called de Buitleir,though it is of course properly le Butler not de.Many Irish bearers of this name may trace their ancestry to Theobald FitzWalter,who accompanied Henry II to Ireland in 1170 and who in 1177 was created ‘Chief Butler’ (i.e.overlord) of Ireland by the king.The name dates as far back as the tenth century,were a Hugo Buteiller,is recorded in historical archives.The name was brought to America by English and Irish immigrants.One of the first forefathers to bring… Coat of arms: Or. a chief indented azure on a canton g…
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