Towns Named Butler

Ruth picked this town name for development and liked the results, so I decided to pursue it.

Butler is a very common name for towns. There are at least 9 towns in America that have this name and have grown. There are another 11 that have not grown or have actually gone out of business. There are also butlers in distant places.

The word and the town name have a definite history. Butler was an occupational last name in several cultures like Ireland. However, its root goes back to the French language and the word “bouteillier”. This, in turn, came from the Latin language and Latin speakers use of the word bottle. These are connected with actual butlers as an occupation. A butler was often a wine steward for a family or their chief servant. In Ireland Butler is a still a noble family name. Gerald Butler became a rather famous actor. A number of English speaking scientists and engineers have this last name. Also many athletes have this surname.

Butler, for some unknown reason, has an Australian connection. There’s a Butler’s Gorge in Tasmania and there’s a Butler’s Point and a Butler’s Dome. The city of Perth in Western Australia has a suburb named Butler. Butler’s Gorge is a rural community on Lake William and was named for a surveyor. No one with this surname got famous enough to influence wider use.

The towns named Butler in the US that have developed include the one in the Kansas City area. The first town in this part of the world to get electricity, Butler, MO became known as Electric City and now is home to about 4,000 people. Butler, Alabama, a town of about 2,400 in Choctau County was Hank Williams’ hometown. He was a noted country singer who played the guitar and died at the age of 29. The largest town named Butler in the USA is the one in Pennsylvania. North of Pittsburgh, it once had a steel mill, which was common in this part of the country. Now home to about 13,000 people, Butler, PA was named for a war hero. The Butler in New Jersey has a population of about 8,000.

There are still small, often unincorporated Butlers in states like California and Oklahoma. There are at least 20 communities with this name. The village of Butler, KY was once known for its covered bridge.


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