Updated June 9, 2019

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Family name origins & meanings

  • French : from the Old French oblique case of the Germanic personal name Bodo meaning ‘messenger’, ‘herald’ (see Bothe).
  • French : nickname for someone with a prominent wart, carbuncle, or boil, from Old French bo(u)ton ‘knob’, ‘lump’, ‘excrescence’ (from bo(u)ter ‘to thrust or strike’).
  • French : metonymic occupational name for a maker or seller of buttons, from Old French bo(u)ton, the same word as in 2, specialized to mean ‘button’.
  • French : A Bouton from the Lyonnais region of France is documented in Trois Rivières, Quebec, in 1702, while Huguenots of this name are recorded in Staten Island.