As with most tattoo designs the significance of a butterfly tattoo can be different for many people. Many women see the butterfly as a symbol of rebirth and/or transformation. Just as the caterpillar must transform and emerge from its cocoon so does the person who has made a change in their life who chooses this particular design.
Anther common meaning of the butterfly tattoo is that of delicateness. The butterfly is often to be presumed a delicate creature, but in all actuality it is more strong than we presume them to be. Therefore, women might also want to convey that although they look delicate on the exterior, they are way stronger from within. In some cultures, a butterfly is seen as a symbol of souls of deceased people. It can either stand for warriors, who died in war, or women who passed away in the process of giving birth.