Butcher One-Name Study

Globally researching the surnames of Butcher & Butchers, one Country at a time!

George Butcher 1908-1974

My Maternal Grandfather, taken while he was stationed in Sierre Leone during World War two. This dates from 1941-1942.

Welcome to the Butcher Surname & One-Name Study


This study started way before I realised it was a study and began in the late 1980's, although it wasn't registered with the Guild of One-Name Studies until 2016

I have several strands of the surname in my personal genealogy and, with all of those strands are in Surrey and it was only after I had been researching for about a year that I realised that there was a good chance that my lines had stepped into Surrey from the Sussex border. At this point I had no absolute proof, but I had several documents that perhaps proved my hunch was correct, but not absolute proof. I also had a hunch that those rural Surrey lines were just one or two families

Then something quite unexpected happened. I noticed that a marriage that I had located whilst researching my maternal Grandfather's line also appeared on my maternal Grandmother's line. I therefore established that my maternal Grandparents were in fact sixth cousins, something they would have found astounding. Of course, that is what happens when the majority of two families are in the same area (Surrey, Sussex and Hampshire) for around 300 years! Having established that I worked through my Grandmother's family and found that one of them had married into a Butcher family in rural Surrey, a Butcher family that I already knew of, but had not done extensive research on. I had already established that strands of my Butcher family had migrated to Australia and Canada, thereby my personal Butcher ancestry had gone global! I also had been noting other random Butcher's in my notes for years, in case they fitted somewhere.

The One-Name Study

There is a huge amount of data already within the study, although much of it is not processed currently. My initial processing focus is within the UK and especially the Counties of Surrey and Sussex before moving to Hampshire and parts of what we would now call South London. At the same time, I am wanting to process my Australian and Canadian data before extending further outwards into other Countries. As the study came into fruition through my own ancestry that is my starting point as I upload the material into this structure.

As a Guild member who has registered the Butcher surname I have to do several things, firstly make the study global and secondly respond to all enquires. There are a few other things, but essentially these two things are the crux of a One-Name Study. There is no prescriptive method or time frame for making the study global, although you will already note that my personal Butcher ancestry is global. The biggest task will be getting almost three decades of material under control, processed and into this site.

Data within the study

Where a female marries out of the Butcher surname I tend to include one or maybe two further generations. Males typically carry on with the Butcher surname are followed with no limitations. There are always exceptions to every rule and there are some individuals whereby I have been interested in their line for any number of reasons.

For my own lines, I have tended to include all information regardless if the material goes beyond the Butcher surname.

Material is shared if the individual is deceased or they lived more than 100 years ago. If the material is already in the public domain, such as a reference in an obituary then I do include that material, with some caution

Source Citations

All material in the study is cited with the relevant source. I have not used the source element within the TNG set up, preferring to cite the material using the information within the media box.


The Butcher One-Name study is the property of Julie Goucher. I have made numerous purchases of documents or copies of documents. I also have genealogical subscriptions that I have purchased so that I can develop the study further and add media to this site for illustration purposes and as evidences. Please always acknowledge the Butcher One-Name Study in your research.


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Contact & Collaboration

I welcome a collaborative approach and submissions to the study. If you are researching a Butcher family, regardless of where they are please do get in touch.

Julie Goucher, 1st March 2017


The home of John Hunt Butcher circa 1820 in Tasmania Australia, after he left Hascombe Surrey England.