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The common spelling of the name in New England is Butterfield, and the same prevails usually throughout the United States: though instances are found of Botefield, of the direct German extraction: and, occasionally, of Boterville, the French form. In England, the family date their arrival from Narmandy in the twelfth century. Robert de Buteville held two fees in Bedfordshire in 1165 and likewise in Norfold (Liber Niger). John de Buteville was possessed of the lord of Cheddington, in Bucks, in 1316 (Palsgrave, Parl, Writs). The name Botevyle occurs in the Battle Abbey roll. The estate of Bouteville was near Carentum, in Normandy, a town at the mouth of the river Tante, where are yet to be seen old fortifications, a castle and a curious Norman church (The Norman People). A branch of the family settled at Church, Stretton, Shropshire. The English pronunciation indicates a corruption of the German word Botefeld (Bote, a messenger, and feld, field, or clearing where the trees have been felled). Similar instances occur in Butterley, Buttermere, Butterwick, Butterworth in England, and perhaps Buterville in Ireland: the affix in each case denoting locality-ley meadow, mere pond, wick bay, worth enclosure-where the messenger dwelt. Or, the derivation may be from botfeld, which, among the Anglo-Saxons, was that portion of the manor, the timber of which was reserved for the repairs of the manor house, buildings, &c., and the mending of the fences. Such privileges were styled Haybote (from hait, hedge, or the land enclosed by it, and bote, repair). The official charge with such repairs was styled the Hayward, whence the modern word: as also Heyward and Howard. Our word botcher, for a blundering repairer, is a survival of this same bote in common speech.


The above description of the Butterfield name appears in a publication "The Butterfields of Middlesex", written by Geo. A Gordon, A. M. Member of the New England Historic Genealogical Society in  (1890).

The coat of arms of the Butterfield family is described as:

Arms: Gules, a griffin passant argent.
Crest: Out of a ducal coronet, or a dragon's head, wings elevated vert.

 

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