Burke

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since 1880
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Meaning and Origin

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Origin and Meaning of Burke

"Burke" is a name of French origin, and it means "From the fortress". It's a name commonly given to boys.

Webster's Unabridged Dictionary
verb Burke
Senses
  1. To murder by suffocation, or so as to produce few marks of violence, for the purpose of obtaining a body to be sold for dissection.
  2. To dispose of quietly or indirectly; to suppress; to smother; to shelve; as, to burke a parliamentary question."The court could not burke an inquiry, supported by such a mass of a affidavits." [C. Reade.]

Etymology: From one Burke of Edinburgh, who committed the crime in 1829

Other Dictionary Sources
  1. United States frontierswoman and legendary figure of the Wild West noted for her marksmanship (1852-1903)
  2. British statesman famous for his oratory; pleaded the cause of the American colonists in British Parliament and defended the parliamentary system (1729-1797)
  3. Get rid of, silence, or suppress ("burke an issue")
  4. Murder without leaving a trace on the body
Wiktionary

From an Anglo-Norman pronunciation of burgh.

  1. A topographical surname​ for someone who lived in a fortified place.
  2. Any of various places in the United States, including:
    1. a small city in South Dakota, and county seat of Gregory County.

Burke was also found in the following language(s): German

Notable Persons Named Burke

Burke and Hare murders is a criminal.

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Burke Shelley is a hard rock and heavy metal music musician and singer-songwriter. He plays Bass guitar, Guitar, Keyboard instrument, Fender Precision Bass, and Vocals. He was most active from 1967 to 1967. Burke was given the name John Burke Shelley on April 10th, 1947 in Tiger Bay.

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Burke Badenhop is a baseball player for the Washington Nationals. Burke was born on February 8th, 1983 in Atlanta.

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Burke Marshall was an Assistant United States Attorney General for the Civil Rights Division. Burke was born on October 1st, 1922 in Plainfield, New Jersey. He left this life on June 2nd, 2003.

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Burke was born on October 13th, 1971 in Illinois.

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Notable Persons With the Last Name Burke

Edmund Burke was a Paymaster of the Forces. Edmund was born on January 12th, 1729 in Dublin, Ireland. He breathed his last breath on July 9th, 1797.

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James was born on July 5th, 1926 in New York City. He passed away on April 13th, 1996.

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Tom Burke is an actor. He has had major accomplishments since 1999. Tom was given the name Tom Liam Benedict Burke on June 30th, 1981 in London, England, UK.

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Brooke Burke is an actress, dancer, model, and television personality. She was most prominent from 1986 to present. Brooke was given the name Brooke Lisa Burke on September 8th, 1971 in Hartford, Connecticut, United States. Brooke is also known as Charvet and Brooke Burke.

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Billy Burke is an actor and musician. He has been prominent since 1990. Billy was given the name William Albert Burke on November 25th, 1966 in Bellingham, Washington, US.

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Robert John Burke is an actor. He was most prominent from 1981 to present. Robert was born on September 12th, 1960 in Washington Heights, Manhattan.

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

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Year Total Babies Born Girls Born Boys Born
1881 6 0 6
1884 6 0 6
1900 6 0 6
1910 5 0 5
1912 16 0 16
1913 14 0 14
1914 16 0 16
1915 19 0 19
1916 21 0 21
1917 17 0 17
1918 23 0 23
1919 22 0 22
1920 28 0 28
1921 26 0 26
1922 35 0 35
1923 20 0 20
1924 30 0 30
1925 24 0 24
1926 25 0 25
1927 18 0 18
1928 28 0 28
1929 21 0 21
1930 16 0 16
1931 18 0 18
1932 18 0 18
1933 25 0 25
1934 21 0 21
1935 22 0 22
1936 16 0 16
1937 17 0 17
1938 22 0 22
1939 21 0 21
1940 13 0 13
1941 23 0 23
1942 25 0 25
1943 30 0 30
1944 18 0 18
1945 22 0 22
1946 13 0 13
1947 26 0 26
1948 24 0 24
1949 24 0 24
1950 17 0 17
1951 30 0 30
1952 29 0 29
1953 20 0 20
1954 39 0 39
1955 32 0 32
1956 31 0 31
1957 40 0 40
1958 34 0 34
1959 24 0 24
1960 31 0 31
1961 24 0 24
1962 23 0 23
1963 52 0 52
1964 57 0 57
1965 51 0 51
1966 38 0 38
1967 41 0 41
1968 58 0 58
1969 53 0 53
1970 62 0 62
1971 49 0 49
1972 58 0 58
1973 42 0 42
1974 44 0 44
1975 36 0 36
1976 41 0 41
1977 31 0 31
1978 42 0 42
1979 28 0 28
1980 34 0 34
1981 24 0 24
1982 19 0 19
1983 45 0 45
1984 30 0 30
1985 24 0 24
1986 31 0 31
1987 28 0 28
1988 22 0 22
1989 25 0 25
1990 23 0 23
1991 21 0 21
1992 21 0 21
1993 25 0 25
1994 27 0 27
1995 16 0 16
1996 25 0 25
1997 33 0 33
1998 40 0 40
1999 55 5 50
2000 55 0 55
2001 54 0 54
2002 55 0 55
2003 60 0 60
2004 46 0 46
2005 74 0 74
2006 62 0 62
2007 63 0 63
2008 66 0 66
2009 65 6 59
2010 69 6 63
2011 77 6 71
2012 64 0 64
2013 78 0 78
2014 79 7 72
2015 65 7 58
2016 58 0 58
2017 59 10 49

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Popularity of Burke as a first name

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Ethnicity Distribution

Ethnicity Burke U.S.
  White 85.93% 64.26%
  African American 8.76% 11.96%
  Asian, Hawaiian, and Pacific Islander 0.68% 4.85%
  American Indian and Alaska Native 0.54% 0.69%
  Two or More Ethnicities 1.68% 1.76%
  Hispanic or Latino 2.41% 16.26%

Of Last Name Burke

People with the last name Burke are most frequently White

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Fun Facts about the name Burke

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  • How Popular is the name Burke? Burke is the 4,566th most popular name of all time. As a last name Burke was the 246th most popular name in 2010.
  • How many people with the first name Burke have been born in the United States? From 1880 to 2017, the Social Security Administration has recorded 3,714 babies born with the first name Burke in the United States. That's more than enough people named Burke to occupy the territory of Falkland Islands (United Kingdom) with an estimated population of 3,000 (as of July 1, 2012).
  • What year were 5 or more babies first named Burke? The name was first given to 5 or more babies in the year 1881 when it was given as a first name to 6 new born babies.
  • When was Burke first recorded in the United States? The oldest recorded birth by the Social Security Administration for the first name Burke is Monday, March 9th, 1874.
  • What year had the most people named Burke born? The highest recorded use of the first name Burke was in 2013 with a total of 78 babies.
  • Random Burke Factoid: According to the 2015 U.S. Social Security Administration data, the first name Burke is not a popular baby boy's name in Minnesota. Imagine that, only 6 babies in Minnesota have the same name as you in 2015.
  • Weird things about the name Burke: Your name in reverse order is Ekrub. A random rearrangement of the letters in your name (anagram) will give Ukrbe. How do you pronounce that?
  • How many people have the last name Burke? In 2010, the U.S. Census Bureau surveyed 122,877 people with the last name Burke.
  • How likely are you to meet someone with the last name of Burke? Burke was ranked as the 246th most popular last name but is still less than 0.1% of the population!

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  • 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.
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