It's not clear where the actual name 'Boterel' first came from, but all Geoffreys in the family subsequently bore the name. It probably meant 'like a toad'!

Geoffrey Boterel I spent most of his life in Brittany on the family lands, but eventually settled in Cambridgeshire. He had numerous children, mostly illegitimate, One of them, Aimeric, had a descendant called William de Lanvalei, a powerful noble under Henry II. While young, he had an affair with Marie de France, a poet at the English court. She was so smitten that she wrote two lays/poems about him.



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