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Meaning and Origin

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Origin and Meaning of Butch

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Webster's Unabridged Dictionary
adjective butch
Senses
  1. markedly masculine in appearance or manner; -- used of men.
    synonyms: macho.
  2. same as lesbian.(pejorative)
noun butch
a lesbian who is noticeably masculine.
Other Dictionary Sources
  1. A closely cropped haircut; usually for men or boys
  2. (slang) offensive term for a lesbian who is noticeably masculine
  3. (of male or female homosexuals) characterized by stereotypically male traits or appearance
  4. Used of men; markedly masculine in appearance or manner
Wiktionary

Originally it was probably used as an abbreviation of butcher. Later, in the 1940s, the sense "masculine lesbian" was developed.

  1. (slang, LGBT, countable) A lesbian who appears masculine or acts in a masculine manner.

Notable Persons Named Butch

Butch Cassidy is a farm hand, cowboy, thief, bank robber, train robber, criminal gang leader, bank robbery, and train robbery. Butch is also known as Butch Cassidy, Mike Cassidy, George Cassidy, Jim Lowe, and Santiago Maxwell.

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Butch was born on January 17th, 1968 in Saugatuck, Michigan.

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Butch Patrick is an actor. He was most active from 1961 to 1961. Butch was given the name Patrick Alan Lilley on August 2nd, 1953 in Los Angeles, California, U.S.

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Butch Otter is a 37th Lieutenant Governor of Idaho. His military service ended in 1973. Butch was born on May 3rd, 1942 in Caldwell, Idaho.

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Butch Vig is an alternative rock, grunge, noise rock, electronic rock, and power pop musician, songwriter, record producer, remixer, and remix. He has been prominent since 1978. Butch was given the name Bryan David Vig on August 2nd, 1955. Butch is also known as Nevermind Man.

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Butch Hartman is an animator, producer, writer, voice actor, director, illustrator, and animation director. His most notable accomplishments were from 1986 to present. Butch was given the name Elmer Earl Hartman IV on January 10th, 1965 in Highland Park, Michigan, US.

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Notable Persons With the Last Name Butch

Brian Butch is a basketball player for the Jiangsu Dragons, Giants Nördlingen, Ilisiakos, Bakersfield Jam, Atléticos de San Germán, Meralco Bolts, and Fort Wayne Mad Ants in the Philippine Basketball Association. His most notable accomplishments were from 2008 to present. Brian was born on December 22nd, 1984 in Appleton, Wisconsin.

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Year Total Babies Born Girls Born Boys Born
1919 5 0 5
1926 5 0 5
1934 7 0 7
1935 5 0 5
1936 5 0 5
1937 10 0 10
1938 12 0 12
1939 14 0 14
1940 27 0 27
1941 30 0 30
1942 36 0 36
1943 49 0 49
1944 59 0 59
1945 63 0 63
1946 80 0 80
1947 105 0 105
1948 89 0 89
1949 108 0 108
1950 118 0 118
1951 115 0 115
1952 124 0 124
1953 115 0 115
1954 101 0 101
1955 115 0 115
1956 139 0 139
1957 122 0 122
1958 125 0 125
1959 115 0 115
1960 120 0 120
1961 117 0 117
1962 110 0 110
1963 95 0 95
1964 75 0 75
1965 62 0 62
1966 50 0 50
1967 37 0 37
1968 43 0 43
1969 31 0 31
1970 41 0 41
1971 28 0 28
1972 24 0 24
1973 36 0 36
1974 40 0 40
1975 29 0 29
1976 32 0 32
1977 35 0 35
1978 16 0 16
1979 36 0 36
1980 18 0 18
1981 29 0 29
1982 30 0 30
1983 27 0 27
1984 15 0 15
1985 19 0 19
1986 18 0 18
1987 21 0 21
1988 15 0 15
1989 18 0 18
1990 20 0 20
1991 10 0 10
1992 22 0 22
1993 16 0 16
1994 12 0 12
1995 7 0 7
1996 12 0 12
1997 16 0 16
1998 6 0 6
2000 8 0 8
2001 12 0 12
2002 8 0 8
2003 6 0 6
2004 10 0 10
2005 10 0 10
2006 6 0 6
2007 8 0 8
2008 5 0 5
2010 9 0 9
2011 5 0 5
2013 6 0 6
2016 5 0 5
2017 6 0 6

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Ethnicity Distribution

Ethnicity Butch U.S.
  White 95.20% 64.26%
  African American 1.52% 11.96%
  Asian, Hawaiian, and Pacific Islander 0.00% 4.85%
  American Indian and Alaska Native 0.00% 0.69%
  Two or More Ethnicities 0.70% 1.76%
  Hispanic or Latino 1.75% 16.26%

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People with the last name Butch are most frequently White

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Fun Facts about the name Butch

  • How Popular is the name Butch? Butch is the 4,844th most popular name of all time. As a last name Butch was the 28,023rd most popular name in 2010.
  • How many people with the first name Butch have been born in the United States? From 1880 to 2017, the Social Security Administration has recorded 3,390 babies born with the first name Butch in the United States. That's more than enough people named Butch to occupy the territory of Falkland Islands (United Kingdom) with an estimated population of 3,000 (as of July 1, 2012).
  • What year were 5 or more babies first named Butch? The name was first given to 5 or more babies in the year 1919 when it was given as a first name to 5 new born babies.
  • When was Butch first recorded in the United States? The oldest recorded birth by the Social Security Administration for the first name Butch is Tuesday, April 10th, 1888.
  • What year had the most people named Butch born? The highest recorded use of the first name Butch was in 1956 with a total of 139 babies.
  • Random Butch Factoid: According to the 1950 U.S. Social Security Administration data, the first name Butch is not a popular baby boy's name in California. Imagine that, only 7 babies in California have the same name as you in 1950.
  • Weird things about the name Butch: Your name in reverse order is Hctub. A random rearrangement of the letters in your name (anagram) will give Utbhc. How do you pronounce that?
  • How many people have the last name Butch? In 2010, the U.S. Census Bureau surveyed 855 people with the last name Butch.
  • How likely are you to meet someone with the last name of Butch? Chances are, most people haven't met someone with Butch as their last name since less than 1 person in 345k people have that last name. If you know one, consider yourself lucky!

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  • U.S. Census Bureau: Frequently Occurring Surnames from the Census 2000 (public domain).
  • U.S. Social Security Administration: Popular Baby Names, Death Master File (public domain).
  • 1913 Webster's Revised Unabridged Dictionary via the Collaborative International Dictionary of English (License)
  • Other Dictionary Sources: WordNet 3.1 Copyright 2006 by Princeton University (License).
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