The surname Butler is of occupational origin deriving from the Old French term bouteiller meaning a servant in charge of the wine cellar. The name Butler in Normandy was bestowed on Theobald Walter, who died in 1206, to mark his service as chief Butler of Ireland under Henry II. Butler was brought to Ireland with Normans and in Gaelic is spelled De Buitlear. Butler is the 97th most popular name in the United States.
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