Butt


Butt
Butt is a name which since the 17th Century had been very popular in Devonshire and Cornwall and has been spelled variously as Butts, Butson and Butting, the latter two meaning "son of But". It is a topographical name, derived from the Middle English "but", meaning mark for archery, target or goal, ultimately from the Old French "but", aim, target. Hence, Butt has come to describe an individual who lived near the archery butts, or perhaps who was himself an archer. Topographical surnames were among the earliest created, since both natural and man-made features in the landscape provided easily recognisable distinguishing names in the small communities of the Middle Ages. Interesting namebearer, recorded in the "Dictionary of National Biography", include the vicar, George Butt (1741 - 1795), who was appointed Chaplain to King George 111 in 1783, and Sir Charles Parker Butt (1830 - 1892), who in 1883 was appointed Justice of the High Court and Knighted. Recordings from Devonshire Church Registers include: the christening of William Butt on March 29th 1544, in South Tawton, and the marriage of Mary Butt and Henry Conant on May 2nd 1610, at St. Mary's in Offery. A Coat of Arms granted to a family of the name is a silver shield, two red torteaux in chief and a red mullet in base, a blue chief nebulee, the Crest being a lion holding in the dexter paw a spear broken. The first recorded spelling of the family name is shown to be that of Walter But, which was dated 1114 - 1130, in the "Court Rolls of Ramsey", Essex, during the reign of King Henry 1, known as "The Lion of Justice", 1100 - 1135. Surnames became necessary when governments introduced personal taxation. In England this was known as Poll Tax. Throughout the centuries, surnames in every country have continued to "develop" often leading to astonishing variants of the original spelling.

Surnames reference. 2013.

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  • Butt — may refer to:* Ass * Buttocks * Anus * Butt, a Kashmiri tribe in Pakistan and India. * Butt (unit), a unit of wine. * Butt (archery), a target for practicing archery. * Butt (sailing), a joint between planks of wood on a ship. * Butt joint, a… …   Wikipedia

  • Butt — Butt, But But, n. [F. but butt, aim (cf. butte knoll), or bout, OF. bot, end, extremity, fr. boter, buter, to push, butt, strike, F. bouter; of German origin; cf. OHG. b[=o]zan, akin to E. beat. See {Beat}, v. t.] 1. A limit; a bound; a goal; the …   The Collaborative International Dictionary of English

  • Butt — steht für: die Arten der zwei Plattfischfamilien Butte und Steinbutte die Flunder aus der Plattfischfamilie der Schollen SRB Butt, ein Seenotrettungsboot der Deutschen Gesellschaft zur Rettung Schiffbrüchiger Butt (Schiff), ein Landungsboot der… …   Deutsch Wikipedia

  • butt — butt; butt·er rigged; butt·gen·bach·ite; butt·ing; butt·in·sky; gar·butt; scut·tle·butt; tar·butt·ite; …   English syllables

  • Butt — Butt, v. i. [imp. & p. p. {Butted}; p. pr. & vb. n. {Butting}.] [OE. butten, OF. boter to push, F. bouter. See {Butt} an end, and cf. {Boutade}.] 1. To join at the butt, end, or outward extremity; to terminate; to be bounded; to abut. [Written… …   The Collaborative International Dictionary of English

  • butt — [n1] end, shaft base, bottom, edge, extremity, fag end, foot, fundament, haft, handle, hilt, shank, stock, stub, stump, tail, tip; concept 827 butt / buttocks [n2] animate rear end back end, backside, behind, bottom, bum*, derrière, fanny*,… …   New thesaurus

  • Butt — Bụtt 〈m. 1〉 ein Schollenfisch [→ butt; nach der ungegliederten, massigen Gestalt benannt] * * * Bụtt, der; [e]s, e [aus dem Niederd., zu: butt = stumpf, plump]: ↑ Scholle (4). * * * Butt,   Plural Butte, Kurzbezeichnung für verschiedene Arten… …   Universal-Lexikon

  • butt — Ⅰ. butt [1] ► VERB 1) hit with the head or horns. 2) (butt in) interrupt or intrude on a conversation or activity. 3) (butt out) N. Amer. informal stop interfering. ► NOUN ▪ a rough …   English terms dictionary

  • Butt — Butt, n. [F. botte, boute, LL. butta. Cf. {Bottle} a hollow vessel.] A large cask or vessel for wine or beer. It contains two hogsheads. [1913 Webster] Note: A wine butt contains 126 wine gallons (= 105 imperial gallons, nearly); a beer butt 108… …   The Collaborative International Dictionary of English

  • butt — bụtt 〈Adj.; nddt.〉 1. stumpf 2. kurz u. dick 3. unansehnlich klein 4. 〈fig.〉 stumpfsinnig, dumm [wohl zu ahd. bozzan „schlagen“; → Amboss] * * * Bụtt, der; [e]s, e [aus dem Niederd., zu: butt = stumpf, plump]: ↑ Scholle (4). * * * Butt …   Universal-Lexikon


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