- Butt (surname)
Butt (Urdu: بٹ, Hindi: भट), (also spelled
Bhat, Butts, Butte, Butz and Buz) is a Muslim, Hinduand Christianfamily name.
The surname Butt and its variants are of different origins:
POV-check|date=June 2008The South Asian Butts were originally from the Kashmir region of
Pakistanand India, specifically in the Kashmir Valley and from cities such as Srinagarand BaramulaFact|date=January 2008. Many Butt migrated to Azad Kashmir during drought of the 1800's and settled here. Butt tribe is from Baramulla and people of Butt lineage are traced back to Baramula where they originate from. The name, Butt, is derived from the Sanskrit(भट), meaning "scholar". Kashmiri Pundits have been followers of Hinduism, Buddhismand Jainismat various points of time and were always of the Pandit caste. They were probably the highest of the highest caste within India, and their scholarship in Mathematics, Science and Linguistics were probably renowned worldwide. They were probably related culturally to the great Gandharand were once considered to be an integral part of this great kingdom. As a result, Kashmiri Pundit culture show various influences from ancient Vedic to Greek to Kushan. They have contributed greatly to the culture of India through excellence in Sanskrit, mathematics and science. Great pundits like Panini, Chanakyawere probably from these people. Most of the scholarly work of Butts has, however been destroyed during Islamic invasion.(need citation) With the advent of Islamin Jammu & Kashmir, many were converted dto Islam forcibly during the late 13th centuryduring the reign of Emperor Alamgir(citation require). Many Saivite temples of Kashmiri Pundits were ransacked or converted to mosques, their holy books and scholarly works were burnt (through burning of various cities and library of Taxilaand were left with no choice but to convert. Today, the majority of Butts are Muslim, although some still practice Hinduism. [A Glossary of the Tribes and Castes of the Punjab and Northwest Provinces, compiled by H.A. Rose, Vol II, Page 98]
Butts from either origin are scattered all around the world. Those from the Kashmir region, are mainly found in
Azad Kashmir, Punjab and parts of NWFPin Pakistan. There is a small population present in Indiaas well, mainly in the states of Punjab and Jammu & Kashmir. In the past 30 years, many Butts from Pakistan have migrated to other parts of the world including Britain, Canada, Germanyand the United States.
Those from the European origin, and primarily those from
England, have scattered to many parts of the world including to many parts of Canada such as Newfoundland and Labrador, Nova Scotiaand Ontario. They have also found their way into the United States, specically found in the Northwest and in areas of the Great Plains.
Salman Butt- a Pakistani cricketplayer
* Ali Azmat Butt - a Pakistani
singer, and former lead singer of Junoon
Munir Butt- a British civil servantand philanthropist
Nicky Butt- a British footballer for Newcastle United
Maqbool Butt- a Kashmiri Freedom Fighter
* Major Archibald Butt - an influential military aide to
U.S.presidents Theodore Rooseveltand William Howard Taft
Clara Butt- an English contralto
Brent Butt- a Canadian actorand comedian
Hans-Jörg Butt- a German goalkeeper
Isaac Butt- an Irish leader of the Home Rule League
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