Austin Butler

Austin Butler

Butler in 2012, photo by Joe Seer/

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) –

24 Responses

  1. crunty says:

    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.

  2. xoxo says:

    Vanessa downgraded.
    Zac was better looking.

  3. Dogg says:

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

  4. shobohunter says:

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

    • Alice says:

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

      • Alice says:

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

        • A user says:

          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 says:

            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 says:

            Hmm, your right.

      • crunty says:

        Lol@ Butler remark. His lineage in the main looks english.

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