Burl

First Name
7k
in the U.S.
since 1880
Last Name
735
in the U.S.
in 2010
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Meaning and Origin

What does the name Burl mean? Find out below.

Origin and Meaning of Burl

"Burl" is a name of American origin, and it means "Knotty Wood". It's a name commonly given to boys.

Webster's Unabridged Dictionary
verb Burl
To dress or finish up (cloth); to pick knots, burs, loose threads, etc., from, as in finishing cloth.

Etymology: OE. burle stuffing, or a knot in cloth; cf. F. bourlet bourrelet, OF. bourel, a wreath or a roll of cloth, linen, or leather, stuffed with flocks, etc., dim. of bourre. √92. See Bur

noun Burl
Senses
  1. A knot or lump in thread or cloth.
  2. An overgrown knot, or an excrescence, on a tree; also, veneer made from such excrescences.
Other Dictionary Sources
  1. Soft lump or unevenness in a yarn; either an imperfection or created by design
  2. A large rounded outgrowth on the trunk or branch of a tree
  3. The wood cut from a tree burl or outgrowth; often used decoratively in veneer
  4. Remove the burls from cloth
Wiktionary

Middle English burle (“stuffing; knot in cloth”)

  1. A tree growth in which the grain has grown in a deformed manner.
  2. Wood of a mottled veneer, usually cut from such a growth.
  3. A knot or lump in thread or cloth.

Notable Persons Named Burl

Burl Ives was an actor, voice over actor, folk singer, writer, and author. His career lasted from 1935 to 1993. Burl was given the name Burl Icle Ivanhoe Ives on June 14th, 1909 in Jasper County, Illinois, U.S. He died on April 14th, 1995.

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Burl was given the name Nathan Burl Cain on July 2nd, 1942.

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Burl Barer is a fiction writer. He has been prominent since 1978. Burl was born in Walla Walla, Washington.

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Burl was born on May 9th, 1928. He breathed his last breath on August 16th, 2009.

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Jaybird Coleman was a country blues instrumentalist, singer, and singing. He plays Harmonica and Guitar. He was most prominent from 1926 to 1940. Jaybird was given the name Burl C. Coleman on May 20th, 1896 in Gainesville, Alabama, United States. He passed away on January 28th, 1950.

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Burl Lee Noggle was a professor at new mexico state university, louisiana state university, historian, professor, and professoratnew mexico state universityandlouisiana state university. He was most prominent from 1955 to 1995. Burl was born on July 1st, 1924 in North Carolina, USA. He breathed his last breath on November 6th, 2013.

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Notable Persons With the Last Name Burl

Ryan was born on April 15th, 1994 in Marondera, Zimbabwe.

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

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Year Total Babies Born Girls Born Boys Born
1880 14 0 14
1881 11 0 11
1882 18 0 18
1883 11 0 11
1884 9 0 9
1885 17 0 17
1886 21 0 21
1887 19 0 19
1888 20 0 20
1889 12 0 12
1890 12 0 12
1891 20 0 20
1892 16 0 16
1893 12 0 12
1894 12 0 12
1895 8 0 8
1896 15 0 15
1897 15 0 15
1898 12 0 12
1899 13 0 13
1900 18 0 18
1901 15 0 15
1902 9 0 9
1903 21 0 21
1904 9 0 9
1905 21 0 21
1906 16 0 16
1907 21 0 21
1908 21 0 21
1909 29 0 29
1910 37 0 37
1911 28 0 28
1912 66 0 66
1913 86 0 86
1914 92 0 92
1915 130 0 130
1916 150 0 150
1917 130 0 130
1918 140 0 140
1919 130 0 130
1920 174 0 174
1921 211 0 211
1922 190 0 190
1923 157 0 157
1924 159 5 154
1925 150 0 150
1926 152 0 152
1927 163 0 163
1928 178 8 170
1929 141 6 135
1930 134 0 134
1931 156 0 156
1932 144 0 144
1933 113 0 113
1934 120 0 120
1935 137 0 137
1936 127 0 127
1937 127 0 127
1938 109 0 109
1939 125 0 125
1940 113 0 113
1941 100 0 100
1942 120 0 120
1943 109 0 109
1944 85 0 85
1945 84 0 84
1946 102 0 102
1947 106 0 106
1948 93 0 93
1949 81 0 81
1950 99 0 99
1951 95 0 95
1952 83 0 83
1953 90 0 90
1954 86 0 86
1955 96 0 96
1956 82 0 82
1957 69 0 69
1958 67 0 67
1959 65 0 65
1960 59 0 59
1961 52 0 52
1962 45 0 45
1963 47 0 47
1964 48 0 48
1965 45 0 45
1966 34 0 34
1967 39 0 39
1968 43 0 43
1969 40 0 40
1970 36 0 36
1971 32 0 32
1972 31 0 31
1973 30 0 30
1974 30 0 30
1975 21 0 21
1976 20 0 20
1977 22 0 22
1978 24 0 24
1979 19 0 19
1980 27 0 27
1981 18 0 18
1982 18 0 18
1983 14 0 14
1984 19 0 19
1985 12 0 12
1986 11 0 11
1987 7 0 7
1988 13 0 13
1989 5 0 5
1990 6 0 6
1991 11 0 11
1992 8 0 8
1993 10 0 10
1995 7 0 7
2000 6 0 6
2001 7 0 7
2005 5 0 5
2010 6 0 6
2017 6 0 6

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Popularity of Burl as a first name

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Popularity of Burl as a last name

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Common last names for Burl

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Ethnicity Distribution

Ethnicity Burl U.S.
  White 42.18% 64.26%
  African American 52.65% 11.96%
  Asian, Hawaiian, and Pacific Islander 0.82% 4.85%
  American Indian and Alaska Native 0.95% 0.69%
  Two or More Ethnicities 1.77% 1.76%
  Hispanic or Latino 1.63% 16.26%

Of Last Name Burl

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

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Fun Facts about the name Burl

  • What name lists does Burl rank for?
  • How Popular is the name Burl? Burl is the 3,058th most popular name of all time. As a last name Burl was the 31,482nd most popular name in 2010.
  • How many people with the first name Burl have been born in the United States? From 1880 to 2017, the Social Security Administration has recorded 7,181 babies born with the first name Burl in the United States. That's more than enough people named Burl to occupy the territory of Saint Pierre and Miquelon (France) with an estimated population of 6,000 (as of July 1, 2012).
  • What year were 5 or more babies first named Burl? The name was first given to 5 or more babies in the year 1880 when it was given as a first name to 14 new born babies.
  • When was Burl first recorded in the United States? The oldest recorded birth by the Social Security Administration for the first name Burl is Sunday, October 1st, 1871.
  • What year had the most people named Burl born? The highest recorded use of the first name Burl was in 1921 with a total of 211 babies.
  • Random Burl Factoid: According to the 1935 U.S. Social Security Administration data, the first name Burl is not a popular baby boy's name in Tennessee. Imagine that, only 8 babies in Tennessee have the same name as you in 1935.
  • Weird things about the name Burl: Your name in reverse order is Lrub. A random rearrangement of the letters in your name (anagram) will give Urbl. How do you pronounce that?
  • How many people have the last name Burl? In 2010, the U.S. Census Bureau surveyed 735 people with the last name Burl.
  • How likely are you to meet someone with the last name of Burl? Chances are, most people haven't met someone with Burl as their last name since less than 1 person in 400k people have that last name. If you know one, consider yourself lucky!

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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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