Butler (surname)

Butler is a surname that has been associated with many different places and people. It can be either:
* an English occupational name that originally denoted a servant in charge of the wine cellar, from the Norman French word "butuiller". It eventually came to be used to describe a servant of high responsibility in a noble household, mostly leaving behind its association with the supply of wine.
* in Ireland, a surname popularised by descendants of the Chief Butler of Ireland, Theobald Fitzwalter, who adopted the surname "le Botiller" to mark his service.
* an Anglicisation of the French surname Boutilier, a cognate of the English name.
* a Jewish surname meaning "bottle maker", from Yiddish "butl" meaning "bottle" plus the occupational suffix "-er".

Notable people with the surname Butler

*Alban Butler, English Catholic priest, author of "Butler's Lives of the Saints"
*Amir Butler, British-Australian writer on Islam
*Andrew Butler, American politician
*Andrew M. Butler, British academic
*Arthur Gardiner Butler, English entomologist
*Austin Butler, Star on Zoey 101 and iCarly
*Benjamin Butler, one of several people including
**Benjamin Franklin Butler (1795–1858), American lawyer, served as Attorney General from 1833 until 1838.
**Benjamin Franklin Butler (1818–1893), American political figure; general in the American Civil War; governor of Massachusetts 1883–1884
*Bernard Butler, English musician, of McAlmont and Butler
*Bill Butler, British politician
*Blair Butler, American comedy writer/comedienne
*Brenda Butler, British UFOlogist
*Brett Butler, one of several people including
** Brett Butler, comedian
** Brett Butler, baseball player.
** Brett Butler, the voice of "Dr. Quinn" on Sealab 2021
*Bryon Butler, English sports writer and broadcaster
*Caron Butler, American basketball player
*Chad Butler, drummer
*Charles Butler, English lawyer
*Charles Butler (NYU), American lawyer and philanthropist
*Charles Henry Butler, American lawyer
*Charles Butler (skater)
*Cher Butler, American model and actress
*Christine Butler, British politician
*Christopher Butler, English Catholic bishop
*Chris Butler, Scottish
*Dan Butler, American actor
*David Butler, one of several people including
**David Butler (Nebraska), first Governor of Nebraska, U.S.
**David Butler (film), screenwriter and film director
**David Butler (academic), academic of Nuffield College, Oxford
**David Butler, Commissioner of the New Zealand Inland Revenue Department
*David Butler-Jones, Chief Public Health Officer of Canada
*Dawn Butler, British politician
*Daws Butler, American voice actor
*Domovoi Butler, fictional character from "Artemis Fowl"
*Duane Butler, American football player
*Edward Butler, Irish journalist and Australian politician
*Edward Arthur Butler, English ornithologist
*Edward Burgess Butler, American businessman and artist
*Ellis Parker Butler, American writer
*Lady Eleanor Butler, mistress of Edward IV of England
*Eleanor Butler, one of the Ladies of Llangollen
*Lady Eileen Gwladys Butler, later Eileen Sutherland-Leveson-Gower, Duchess of Sutherland
*Elizabeth Beardsley Butler, American surveyor of social conditions
*Elizabeth Butler-Sloss, English judge
*Faykan Butler, fictional character from the Dune universe
*Francis Butler, American writer and dog-trainer
*Frank Butler, American sharpshooter and husband of Annie Oakley
*Geezer Butler, English musician, bass guitar player in Black Sabbath
*George Butler, one of several people including
**George Butler, English photographer
**George Butler, English headmaster
*Gerard Butler, Scottish actor
*Guy Butler, South African poet and playwright
*Guy Butler, English runner
*Harry Butler, Australian naturalist
*Henry Butler, American jazz pianist
*Henry Montagu Butler (1833–1918), English academic
*Hubert Butler, Irish essayist
*Hugo Butler, Canadian screenwriter
*Jack Butler, one of several people including
** Jack Butler, last native speaker of the Australian Aboriginal language Jiwarli.
**Jack Butler, American author.
**Jack Butler, English football player and manager.
*James Butler, one of several people including
**James Butler, 1st Duke of Ormonde (1610–1688)
**James Butler, 2nd Duke of Ormonde (1665–1745)
**James Armar Butler - army officer
**James Edward Butler - French army officer
**James Ramsay Montagu Butler (1889–1975), Sir James Butler, historian
**James Butler (artist), English sculptor
**James Butler (boxer) (born 1972), nicknamed "The Harlem Hammer"
*Jerry Butler (singer), American singer
*Jerry Butler (porn star)
*John Butler, one of several people including
**John Butler (politician) (1707-1766), British politician - MP, East Grinstead
**John Butler (pioneer) (1728-1796), American Tory activist
**John Butler (musician) (born 1975), American-born Australian musician and environmentalist
**John Clarence Butler (1921-1942), American air-solidier
**John Cornelius Butler, American politician - Senator, New York
**John Marshall Butler (1897-1978), American politician - Maryland
**John "Picayune" Butler (fl. 19th century), American performer
*Jonathan Butler, South African singer-songwriter
*Joseph Butler, English bishop and philosopher
*Joseph Campbell Butler, American musician, with The Lovin' Spoonful
*Josephine Butler, English activist of the Victorian era
*Judith Butler, American feminist philosopher and queer theorist
*Kevin Butler, American football player
*Larry Butler, American country music producer
*Larry Butler, American darts player
*Lee Pierce Butler, American academic and librarian
*LeRoy Butler, American football player
*Louis B. Butler, American judge
*Manley Caldwell Butler (b. 1925), U.S. Representative from Virginia
*Mario Butler, Panamanian basketball player
*Marion Butler, American politician
*Matthew Butler, American Confederate general
*Michael Butler, American podcaster
*Mildred Anne Butler, 1858 to 1941. Irish Artist.
* Sir Milo Butler, first Bahamian-born and Black Governor-General of The Bahamas.
*Montagu C. Butler, Esperantist, for whom the Montagu Butler Library is named
*Nicholas M. Butler, American academic administrator and politician
*Norman 3X Butler, convicted for the killing of Malcolm X
*Octavia E. Butler, American science fiction writer
*Ovid Butler, American abolitionist for whom Butler University is named
*Paul Butler, one of several people including
**Paul Butler, a Canadian author born in Britain
**Paul Butler (lawyer) (1905-1961), a chairman of the US DNC (1955-1960)
**R. Paul Butler, an astronomer who partnered with Geoffrey Marcy to discover some of the first extrasolar planets
**Paul Butler (footballer), an Irish football (soccer) player
*Pierce Butler, one of several people including
**Pierce Butler, American founding father
**Pierce Butler (justice), American judge
**Pierce M. Butler, American politician
*Rab Butler, British politician
*Rasual Butler, American basketball player
*Reg Butler, English sculptor
*Rhett Butler, fictional character from "Gone with the Wind"
*Rich Butler, Canadian baseball player
*Richard Butler, one of several people including
**Richard Austen Butler (1902–1982), known as 'Rab', British politician and Chancellor of the Exchequer
**Richard Girnt Butler (1918–2004), American founder of the Aryan Nations
**Richard Butler (Australian politician), Premier of South Australia, 1905
**Sir Richard Layton Butler (1850–1925), Premier of South Australia, 1927
**Richard Butler (diplomat) (born 1942), diplomat, arms inspector, and ex-Governor of Tasmania
**Richard Butler (general) (1743–1791), American Revolutionary War general, later killed fighting American Indians in Ohio
**Richard Butler (singer) (born 1956), English post-punk singer
*Rob Butler, Canadian baseball player
*Robert Butler, one of several people including
**Robert Butler, treasurer of the State of Virginia from the town of Smithfield in Isle of Wight County, Virginia.
**Robert Butler, a director of feature films and episodic television.
**Dr. Robert Neil Butler, physician, gerontologist, psychiatrist, and Pulitzer Prize-winning author who was the first Director of the National Institute on Aging
**Robert Olen Butler, American writer
*Robin Butler, British civil servant
*Samuel Butler, one of several people including
**Samuel Butler (poet) (1612–1680), author of "Hudibras"
**Samuel Butler (schoolmaster) (1774–1839), classical scholar, schoolmaster at Shrewsbury, Bishop of Lichfield
**Samuel Butler (novelist) (1835–1902), grandson of the scholar, author of "Erewhon"
*Serena Butler, fictional character from the Dune universe
*Shelley Ruth Butler, Canadian academic
*Maj. Gen. Smedley Butler, USMC, American Marine, son of Thomas S. Butler
*Steve Butler, American racing driver
*Terry Butler, American musician
*Theobald Butler, 2nd Baron Butler, otherwise known as Theobald le Botiller
*Theobald Butler, 1st Baron Butler father of Theobald le Botiller
*Thomas Butler, one of several people including
**Thomas Frederick Butler, Bishop of Southwark, England
**Thomas Adair Butler, British recipient of the Victoria Cross
**Thomas Butler, 3rd Earl of Ormonde, sixteenth century British nobleman
**Thomas Butler, Earl of Ossory, seventeenth century British nobleman
**Thomas Stalker Butler, U.S. Representative and father of General Smedley D. Butler
**Thomas Butler, Hartlepool United F.C. and Republic of Ireland international footballer.
**Thomas C. Butler American scientist
*Tom Butler, Canadian actor
*Tony Butler, English broadcaster
*Tony Butler (bass player), English musician
*Tony Butler (producer), American hip hip producer Pretty Tony
*Tubal Uriah Butler, Grenadian labour leader in Trinidad and Tobago
*Vicki Butler-Henderson, English racing driver
*W. E. Butler, British occultist
*Walter Butler, one of several people including
**Walter Butler (1752-1781), a British Loyalist during the American Revolution, son of John Butler (1728-1796).
**Walter Butler, 11th Earl of Ormonde (c.1569-1632), British Army officer
**Walter Butler, a French/American businessman, head of Butler Capital Partners
*Win Butler, American musician
*William Butler, one of several people including
**William Butler (1535–1618) was an English physician and writer.
**Colonel William Butler (died 1789) was a Pennsylvania Militia officer during the American Revolution.
**William Butler (1759–1821) was a soldier and Congressman from South Carolina.
**William Butler (1790–1850) was a Congressman from South Carolina, the son of the congressman of the same name.
**William Orlando Butler (1791–1880) ran as Democratic vice-presidential candidate in 1848.
**William Archer Butler (1814-1848) was an Irish historian of philosophy.
**Sir William Francis Butler (1838–1910) was a 19th century soldier-adventurer.
**William Morgan Butler (1861–1937) was chairman of the Republican National Committee from 1924 until 1928.
**William Patrick Butler (1871–1953), a New Zealand first-class cricketer, later international Test cricket umpire.
**William Boynton Butler (born ca.1895), a soldier awarded a Victoria Cross.
**William Butler (born 1900), an English footballer, scorer for Bolton Wanderers F.C. in the 1929 FA Cup Final.
**William Butler (musician), drummer for Arcade Fire
*Yancy Butler, American actress

As family name of the Earl of Ormonde:

*James Butler, 1st Earl of Ormonde (c. 1305-1337)
*James Butler, 2nd Earl of Ormonde (d. 1382)
*James Butler, 3rd Earl of Ormonde (d. 1405)
*James Butler, 4th Earl of Ormonde (d. 1452)
*James Butler, 5th Earl of Ormonde (1421-1462)
*John Butler, 6th Earl of Ormonde (d. 1478)
*Thomas Butler, 7th Earl of Ormonde (d. 1515)
*Piers Butler, 8th Earl of Ormonde (d. 1539)(also 1st Earl of Ossory)
*James Butler, 9th Earl of Ormonde (d. 1546)
*Thomas Butler, 10th Earl of Ormonde (d. 1614)
*Walter Butler, 11th Earl of Ormonde (d. 1632)
*James Butler, 1st Duke of Ormonde and 12th Earl of Ormonde (1610-1688) created Duke in 1661
*James Butler, 2nd Duke of Ormonde and 13th Earl of Ormonde (1665-1745)
*Charles Butler, 3rd Duke of Ormonde and 14th Earl of Ormonde (d. 1758)
*John Butler, 15th Earl of Ormonde (d. 1766)
*Walter Butler, 16th Earl of Ormonde (1703-1783)
*John Butler, 17th Earl of Ormonde (1740-1795)
*Walter Butler, 18th Earl of Ormonde (1770-1820) created Marquess of Ormonde (Ireland) in 1816
*James Wandesford Butler, 19th Earl of Ormonde (1777-1838) created Marquess of Ormonde (UK) in 1825)
*John Butler, 2nd Marquess of Ormonde and 20th Earl of Ormonde (1808-1854)
*James Edward William Theobald Butler, 3rd Marquess of Ormonde and 21st Earl of Ormonde (1844-1919)
*James Arthur Wellington Foley Butler, 4th Marquess of Ormonde and 22nd Earl of Ormonde (1849-1943)
*James George Anson Butler, 5th Marquess of Ormonde and 23rd Earl of Ormonde (1890-1949)
*James Arthur Norman Butler, 6th Marquess of Ormonde and 24th Earl of Ormonde (1893-1971)
*James Hubert Theobald Charles Butler, 7th Marquess of Ormonde and 25th Earl of Ormonde (1899-1997) (his presumed successors in the Earldoms of Ormonde and Ossory have been the 17th and 18th Viscount Mountgarret, descending in the male line from a younger son of the 8th Earl, but the claim has not been proven)

Also:
*Richard Butler, 1st Viscount Mountgarret (1500-1571)
*Edmund Butler, 2nd Viscount Mountgarret (d. 1602)
*Richard Butler, 3rd Viscount Mountgarret (1578-1651)
*Edmund Butler, 4th Viscount Mountgarret (1595-1679)
*Richard Butler, 5th Viscount Mountgarret (d. 1706)
*Edmund Butler, 6th Viscount Mountgarret (1663-1735)
*Richard Butler, 7th Viscount Mountgarret (1685-1736)
*James Butler, 8th Viscount Mountgarret (1686-1749)
*Edmund Butler, 9th Viscount Mountgarret (1687-1751)
*Edmund Butler, 10th Viscount Mountgarret (d. 1779)
*Edmund Butler, 11th Viscount Mountgarret (1745-1793)
*Edmund Butler, 1st Earl of Kilkenny, 12th Viscount Mountgarret (1771-1846)
*Henry Edmund Butler, 13th Viscount Mountgarret (1816-1900)
*Henry Edmund Butler, 14th Viscount Mountgarret (1844-1912)
*Edmund Somerset Butler, 15th Viscount Mountgarret (1875-1918)
*Piers Henry Augustine Butler, 16th Viscount Mountgarret (1903-1966)
*Richard Henry Piers Butler, 17th Viscount Mountgarret (1936-2004)
*Piers James Richard Butler, 18th Viscount Mountgarret (b. 1961)

References

* [http://www.ancestry.com/facts/Butler-family-history.ashx Butler Family History Facts from Ancestry.com]
* [http://genealogy.about.com/library/surnames/b/bl_name-BUTLER.htm Butler surname origin]

See also

*Butler (disambiguation)
*Lambert & Butler, cigarette brand
*Butler Act
*Butler Party
*Butler Review
*Butler and Yelder


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