Austin Butler

by follers on October 23, 2012

Austin Butler

Birth Name: Austin Robert Butler

Place of Birth: Anaheim, Orange, California, United States

Date of Birth: August 17, 1991

Ethnicity: English, 1/8th Finnish, Scots-Irish/Northern Irish, Scottish, and Welsh, distant Swiss-German

Austin Butler is an American actor, model, and singer, also credited under his full name of Austin Robert Butler. He is the son of Lori Anne (Howell) and David Butler. He has American roots going back to the 1600s.

Austin’s maternal grandfather is Robert Talmadge Howell (the daughter of Ernest Howell and Eva Estelle/Estell Love). Robert is from from Lucedale, Mississippi. Ernest was the son of Phillip Howell and Sarah Ellen Denmark. Eva was the daughter of Alexander Love and Margaret Jane Childress.

Austin’s maternal grandmother is Karen Ruth Bentley (the daughter of Clarence Bentley and Signe Ann Elizabeth Silampa). Karen was born in Wisconsin. Clarence was born in Illinois, the son of Matthew Bentley, whose parents were English, and of Izzie/Elizabeth May Moss. Signe was born in Michigan, the daughter of Matt Silampa and Elizabeth Jarvela/Jaaruela, who were Finnish immigrants, making Austin Butler 1/8th Finnish.

Sources: Genealogies of Austin’s maternal great-grandparents, Ernest Howell and Eva Estelle/Estell Love –

Genealogy of Austin Butler (focusing on his mother’s side) –

Photo by Joe Seer/

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BigMama February 14, 2016 at 3:38 pm
crunty February 1, 2016 at 6:29 am

All you seem to know is stereotypes. I would suggest you pay a visit to Finland, and all your illusions will be shattered. While you’re there, pop into Sweden as well.

xoxo October 29, 2015 at 9:11 am

Vanessa downgraded.
Zac was better looking.

Dogg January 2, 2015 at 7:38 am

I thought he might’ve had some ancestry from somewhere near Scandinavia. He looks it.

Capricious April 1, 2015 at 6:17 pm

He looks fully Scandinavian though.

A user April 14, 2015 at 6:12 am

Hes only one eighth finnish.

follers April 14, 2015 at 6:15 am

Finnish people aren’t even Scandinavian.

A user April 14, 2015 at 9:08 am


Tux July 2, 2015 at 1:36 pm

Finnish aren’t Scandinavian no but there is certainly overlap in looks especially with the Swedes. I agree that he looks more nordic however. People who look like him are rare in Britain. This is what’s typical for English

andrew February 16, 2017 at 2:50 am


Finland and its culture, economy and politics (Nordic Passport Union) is very similar to Scandinavian countries.

shobohunter November 6, 2014 at 5:08 am

smaller Scottish? isn’t “butler” an Scottish ancestry.

Alice April 15, 2015 at 9:43 pm

Butler is Norman Irish. Any Butlers would have started out from Ireland because that is where the name change occurred.

Alice April 15, 2015 at 9:44 pm

It is presently one of the most common surnames in Ireland.

A user April 15, 2015 at 11:21 pm

Butler comes from the french boutillier. I may have spelled that wrong. It came over with the normans and can be either english or irish.

Alice April 16, 2015 at 2:14 am

The name Butler was originally used in Ireland.

“The surname “Butler” was originated in the 12th century by Theobald le Botiller FitzWalter (Lord of Preston). Lord FitzWalter accompanied King John to Ireland to help secure Norman areas. When men whom Walter led killed Dermot MacCarthy, prince of Desmond, Walter was granted land holdings of Baggotrath, County Dublin, and the Stein River lands around what is now Trinity College Dublin. He was also given an important fief, on which Walter both founded an abbey and established his Irish seat. Upon returning to England, King John endowed Walter with the hereditary office “Butler to the Lord of Ireland” in 1177; some evidence indicates that he was also dubbed “Butler of Ireland”. As such, he had the right to pour the King’s wine. This title can be defined as Governor by today’s standards. His son, Theobalde Butler, was the first to hold the name and pass it to his descendants. Walter’s grandson was James Butler, 1st Duke of Ormonde.[3] Kilkenny Castle was the main seat of the Butler family.” The history of the name is even on Wiki.

I know the history well as it is in my family tree. I can say with assurance that the name change occurred in Ireland from Theobald le Botiller FitzWalter.

A user April 16, 2015 at 8:07 am

Hmm, your right.

crunty February 1, 2016 at 6:26 am

[email protected] Butler remark. His lineage in the main looks english.

Wilme October 21, 2014 at 12:02 pm

First of all, Matt isn’t “finnish”, only a little bit. Even if finns
are not ethnical europeans, I respect them, since they
have a good school education. I think, they are too
intelligent to use a moronic “one-drop-rule”

It is quite nice that you do appreciate education and intelligence. Though – maybe for your disappointment – according to nuclear gene studies, the Finns do belong to the European family. (You can read about genes in elementary school, at least in Finland.)

Gurrl August 19, 2014 at 6:39 am

his smile in this particular pic reminds me of Chord Overstreet(but a good looking version)

Princess June 14, 2014 at 1:46 am

He is hot. Vanessa Hudgens always gets the hot guys. Zac, and now Austin.

nnnnn May 25, 2013 at 1:28 pm

follers, I laught many times about that “white-not white”
thing. Finns are just not indo-europeans. It doesn’t mean,
they are worse menschen. I think, f.e. Japaneses are better developed, as some white people.

nnnnn May 25, 2013 at 1:24 pm

First of all, Matt isn’t “finnish”, only a little bit. Even if finns
are not ethnical europeans, I respect them, since they
have a good school education. I think, they are too
intelligent to use a moronic “one-drop-rule”

nnnnn May 25, 2013 at 1:48 pm

Sorry, not enough to be concidered as “finnish”.
Refused! (see my comment above)

nnnnn May 25, 2013 at 3:20 pm

Actually, “arysh certificate” was for non-Jews
We don’t discuss a possibility of their Jewish heritage.
5/16 finish is still 9/16 indo-european

If you didn’t understand my comment, 1/4 finish
isn’t “just finish”, 100% finish is “finish”, maybe
75% finish is “finish”

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