Last name origins & meanings:
- 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
- Jewish (from Poland and Ukraine): occupational name for a bottle maker, from Yiddish butl
‘bottle’ + the agent suffix -er.
- This name was brought independently to New England by many bearers
from the 17th century onward. William Butler was one of the founders
of Hartford, CT, (coming from Cambridge, MA, with Thomas Hooker) in
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