Burgess

First Name
1k
in the U.S.
since 1880
Last Name
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in the U.S.
in 2010
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Meaning, Origin, Inspirations, and Associations

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Origin and Meaning of Burgess

"Burgess" is a name of English origin, and it means "Town Citizen". It's a name commonly given to boys.

Webster's Unabridged Dictionary
noun Bur"gess
Senses
  1. An inhabitant of a borough or walled town, or one who possesses a tenement therein; a citizen or freeman of a borough.
  2. One who represents a borough in Parliament.
  3. A magistrate of a borough.
  4. An inhabitant of a Scotch burgh qualified to vote for municipal officers.

Note: ☞ “A burgess of a borough corresponds with a citizen of a city.”

Note: ☞ Before the Revolution, the representatives in the popular branch of the legislature of Virginia were called burgesses; they are now called delegates.

Etymology: OE. burgeis, OF. burgeis, fr. burcfortified town, town, F. bourg village, fr. LL. burgus fort, city; from the German; cf. MHG. burc, G. burg. See 1st Borough, and cf. 2d Bourgeois

Other Dictionary Sources
  1. A citizen of an English borough
  2. English writer of satirical novels (1917-1993)
Wiktionary

Anglo-Norman burgeis, of Germanic origin; either from Late Latin *burgus or Frankish

  1. A surname​.

Notable Persons With the Name Burgess

Burgess Meredith was an actor, producer, director, and writer. He was most prominent from 1930 to 1996. Burgess was given the name Oliver Burgess Meredith on November 16th, 1907 in Cleveland, Ohio, U.S. He left this life on September 9th, 1997.

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Burgess Owens is a football player. Burgess was born on August 2nd, 1951 in Columbus, Ohio.

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Burgess Jenkins is an actor and producer. His career lasted from 2000 to 2000. Burgess was born Burgess Jenkins on October 24th, 1973 in Winston-Salem, North Carolina, U.S.

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Jess Collins was an artist in the field of visual arts. Jess was given the name Burgess Franklin Collins on August 6th, 1923 in Long Beach, California. He passed away on January 2nd, 2004.

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Burgess Whitehead was a baseball player. Burgess was born on June 29th, 1910 in Tarboro, North Carolina. He left this life on November 25th, 1993.

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Burgess Macneal is a famed human.

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Notable Persons With the Last Name Burgess

Tituss Burgess is an actor and singer. His ongoing career started in 2005. Tituss was born on February 21st, 1979 in Athens, Georgia.

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Sharna Burgess is a professional dancer/choreographer. She was most active from 2000 to present. Sharna was given the name Sharna May Burgess on June 21st, 1985 in Wagga Wagga.

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Anthony Burgess was a historical fiction, philosophical novel, satire, spy fiction, horror, biography, literary criticism, travel literature, autobiography, philosophical fiction, and horror fiction writer. He was most prominent from 1956 to 1993. Anthony was given the name John Burgess Wilson on February 25th, 1917 in Harpurhey. He breathed his last breath on November 22nd, 1993.

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Sam Burgess is a rugby player.

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Bobby Burgess is a singer, dancer, and singing. Bobby was given the name Robert Wilkie Burgess on May 19th, 1941 in Long Beach, California, U.S.

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Michael C. Burgess is an obstetrics. Michael was born on December 23rd, 1950 in Rochester, Minnesota.

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How popular is the baby name Burgess in the U.S.?

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Year Total Babies Born Girls Born Boys Born
1884 5 0 5
1890 6 0 6
1894 5 0 5
1907 7 0 7
1909 6 0 6
1910 9 0 9
1911 9 0 9
1912 11 0 11
1913 21 0 21
1914 13 0 13
1915 20 0 20
1916 16 0 16
1917 15 0 15
1918 22 0 22
1919 26 0 26
1920 18 0 18
1921 21 0 21
1922 28 0 28
1923 17 0 17
1924 23 0 23
1925 22 0 22
1926 24 0 24
1927 19 0 19
1928 13 0 13
1929 23 0 23
1930 15 0 15
1931 14 0 14
1932 17 0 17
1933 16 0 16
1934 11 0 11
1935 14 0 14
1936 20 0 20
1937 18 0 18
1938 19 0 19
1939 10 0 10
1940 12 0 12
1941 23 0 23
1942 26 0 26
1943 19 0 19
1944 22 0 22
1945 14 0 14
1946 14 0 14
1947 18 0 18
1948 16 0 16
1949 14 0 14
1950 11 0 11
1951 10 0 10
1952 13 0 13
1953 10 0 10
1954 13 0 13
1955 12 0 12
1956 13 0 13
1957 10 0 10
1958 15 0 15
1959 6 0 6
1960 9 0 9
1961 8 0 8
1962 9 0 9
1963 12 0 12
1964 11 0 11
1965 9 0 9
1966 12 0 12
1967 9 0 9
1968 10 0 10
1969 6 0 6
1971 7 0 7
1972 15 0 15
1973 6 0 6
1974 10 0 10
1975 5 0 5
1976 8 0 8
1977 6 0 6
1978 8 0 8
1980 7 0 7
1981 8 0 8
1982 7 0 7
1983 6 0 6
1984 7 0 7
1985 8 0 8
1986 6 0 6
1987 9 0 9
1990 5 0 5
1991 6 0 6
1999 5 0 5
2007 5 0 5
2010 7 0 7

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Popularity of Burgess as a last name

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Common last names for Burgess

  • Johnson
  • Smith
  • Moore
  • Miller
  • Butler
  • Brown

Ethnicity Distribution

Ethnicity Burgess U.S.
  White 75.35% 64.26%
  African American 18.67% 11.96%
  Asian, Hawaiian, and Pacific Islander 0.63% 4.85%
  American Indian and Alaska Native 0.95% 0.69%
  Two or More Ethnicities 2.21% 1.76%
  Hispanic or Latino 2.17% 16.26%

Of Last Name Burgess

People with the last name Burgess are most frequently White or African American

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Fun Facts about the name Burgess

  • How Popular is the name Burgess? Burgess is the 9,664th most popular name of all time. As a last name Burgess was the 444th most popular name in 2010.
  • How many people with the first name Burgess have been born in the United States? From 1880 to 2015, the Social Security Administration has recorded 1,090 babies born with the first name Burgess in the United States. That's more than enough people named Burgess to occupy the territory of Niue (New Zealand) with an estimated population of 1,000 (as of July 1, 2012).
  • What year were 5 or more babies first named Burgess? The name was first given to 5 or more babies in the year 1884 when it was given as a first name to 5 new born babies.
  • When was Burgess first recorded in the United States? The oldest recorded birth by the Social Security Administration for the first name Burgess is Saturday, November 15th, 1862.
  • What year had the most people named Burgess born? The highest recorded use of the first name Burgess was in 1922 with a total of 28 babies.
  • Random Burgess Factoid: According to the 1918 U.S. Social Security Administration data, the first name Burgess is not a popular baby boy's name in Kentucky. Imagine that, only 5 babies in Kentucky have the same name as you in 1918.
  • Weird things about the name Burgess: Your name in reverse order is Ssegrub. A random rearrangement of the letters in your name (anagram) will give Rugsebs. How do you pronounce that?
  • How many people have the last name Burgess? In 2010, the U.S. Census Bureau surveyed 73,931 people with the last name Burgess.
  • How likely are you to meet someone with the last name of Burgess? Burgess was ranked as the 444th most popular last name but is still less than 0.1% of the population!

What Burgess's Have Visited This Page?

What does the name Burgess mean?

Bis for brilliance, your vivacity for life.

Uis for unbreakable, your spirit is strong.

Ris for rely, everyone's trustworthy friend.

Gis for golden, memories you share.

Eis for eager, let's get started!

Sis for serious, not always joking.

Sis for scholar, the brilliant in you.

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  • Sources:
  • U.S. Census Bureau: Frequently Occurring Surnames from the Census 2000 (public domain).
  • U.S. Social Security Administration: Popular Baby Names, Death Master File (public domain).
  • 1913 Webster's Revised Unabridged Dictionary via the Collaborative International Dictionary of English (License)
  • Other Dictionary Sources: WordNet 3.1 Copyright 2006 by Princeton University (License).
  • Wiktionary: Titles and License.
  • Notable persons via Wikipedia: Titles and License. Click each image for the attribution information.