But Name Meaning

Historically, surnames evolved as a way to sort people into groups - by occupation, place of origin, clan affiliation, patronage, parentage, adoption, and even physical characteristics (like red hair). Many of the modern surnames in the dictionary can be traced back to Britain and Ireland.

Similar surnames: Butt, Bu, Bunt, Butz, Burt, Bur, Bua, Bub, Bun, Buth

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But Family Origin

Where is the But family from?

But Family Occupations

What did your But ancestors do for a living?

In 1881, Bootmaker and Railway Labourer were the top 2 reported jobs worked by But. A less common occupation for the But family was Vicar Of Wingrave. The most common But occupation in the UK was Bootmaker. 33% of But's were Bootmakers.

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  • Bootmaker

  • Railway Labourer

  • Vicar Of Wingrave


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But Historical Records

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Census Record

There are 1,000 census records available for the last name But. Like a window into their day-to-day life, But census records can tell you where and how your ancestors worked, their level of education, veteran status, and more.

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Passenger List

There are 937 immigration records available for the last name But. Passenger lists are your ticket to knowing when your ancestors arrived in the UK, and how they made the journey - from the ship name to ports of arrival and departure.

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Draft Card

There are 422 military records available for the last name But. For the veterans among your But ancestors, military collections provide insights into where and when they served, and even physical descriptions.

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But Life Expectancy

What is the average But lifespan?

Between 1969 and 2004, in the United States, But life expectancy was at its lowest point in 1993, and highest in 1990. The average life expectancy for But in 1969 was 77, and 74 in 2004.

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