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Welcome to the home page of The Butler Society - a one-name society open to anyone with an interest in the family history or genealogy of any family of the name Butler. Founded in 1967, the Society has published The Journal of The Butler Society since 1968.
BUTLER is an occupational name, but it used to have a slightly different meaning. In large medieval households the Butler was the person in charge of the wine. Since many powerful nobles lived in fear of being poisoned, this was a position of considerable trust. There are a number of different families called Butler, some of which can be traced back to origins in different medieval households in the British Isles. On starting research, few will know from which group of Butler families their own particular family originates. For this reason, The Butler Society deliberately sets out to be a one-name society. In Latin, the name was Buticularius or Pincerna. There used to be many variations in spelling, such as Boteler, Boutillier, Botiller, Butiller, and Botyller. Modern variations include Boutler (France), Buttlar (Germany) and Buteler (Argentina).
The Butler Rally
Held over 5 days every three years in Kilkenny, Ireland, members of Butler
families come from many countries including Ireland, UK, USA, Canada,
Australia, New Zealand, France, Germany, Spain, Argentina and South Africa."
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in the light of additional research.