Burton

First Name
22k
in the U.S.
since 1880
Last Name
111k
in the U.S.
in 2010
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Meaning and Origin

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Origin and Meaning of Burton

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

Webster's Unabridged Dictionary
noun Bur"ton
A peculiar tackle, formed of two or more blocks, or pulleys, the weight being suspended to a hook block in the bight of the running part.

Etymology: Cf. OE. & Prov. E. bort to press or indent anything

Other Dictionary Sources
  1. A strong dark English ale
  2. Welsh film actor who often co-starred with Elizabeth Taylor (1925-1984)
  3. English explorer who with John Speke was the first European to explore Lake Tanganyika (1821-1890)
Wiktionary
  1. An English habitational surname​ for someone who lived in any of several places with that name.
  2. A village in Illinois.
  3. A city in Michigan.
  4. A village in Nebraska.
  5. A village in Ohio.
  6. A census-designated place in South Carolina.
  7. A town in Texas.

Notable Persons Named Burton

Burt Reynolds is an actor, director, and producer. He has had major accomplishments since 1959. Burt was given the name Burton Leon Reynolds on February 11th, 1936 in Lansing, Michigan, U.S.

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Burt Lancaster was an actor, director, and producer. His ongoing career started in 1945. Burt was given the name Burton Stephen Lancaster on November 2nd, 1913 in Manhattan. He breathed his last breath on October 20th, 1994.

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Burton Cummings is a rock and soft rock musician. He was most active from 1965 to present. Burton was given the name Burton Lorne Cummings on December 31st, 1947 in Winnipeg.

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Burt Mustin was an actor. He was most prominent from 1921 to 1921. Burt was given the name Burton Hill Mustin on February 8th, 1884 in Pittsburgh, Pennsylvania, U.S. Burt is also known as Bert Mustin. He breathed his last breath on January 28th, 1977.

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His military service ended in 1945.

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Burton Gilliam is an actor. His most notable accomplishments were from 1973 to 1973. Burton was born on August 9th, 1938 in Dallas, Texas, U.S.

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Notable Persons With the Last Name Burton

Tim Burton is a film director, film producer, writer, artist, and screenwriter. He has had major accomplishments since 1982. Tim was given the name Timothy Walter Burton on August 25th, 1958 in Burbank, California, U.S.

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Hilarie Burton is an actress, producer, and television host. Her most notable accomplishments were from 1999 to present. Hilarie was given the name Hilarie Ross Burton on July 1st, 1982 in Sterling, Virginia, U.S.

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Richard Burton was an actor. His most notable accomplishments were from 1944 to 1984. Richard was given the name Richard Walter Jenkins on November 10th, 1925 in Pontrhydyfen, Wales. He died on August 5th, 1984.

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LeVar Burton is an actor, director, author, and television director. He was most active from 1976 to present. LeVar was given the name Levardis Robert Martyn Burton, Jr. on February 16th, 1957 in Landstuhl. LeVar is also known as LeVar Burton.

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Cliff Burton was a heavy metal music and thrash metal musician. He plays Rickenbacker 4001 and Aria (guitar company). He was most prominent from 1980 to 1986. Cliff was given the name Clifford Lee Burton on February 10th, 1962 in Castro Valley, California, United States. He passed away on September 27th, 1986.

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Danger Mouse is a hip hop music, indie rock, space rock, alternative rock, and alternative hip hop musician. He was most prominent from 1998 to present. Danger was given the name Brian Joseph Burton on July 29th, 1977.

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

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Year Total Babies Born Girls Born Boys Born
1880 34 0 34
1881 42 0 42
1882 38 0 38
1883 40 0 40
1884 38 0 38
1885 32 0 32
1886 35 0 35
1887 23 0 23
1888 42 0 42
1889 24 0 24
1890 28 0 28
1891 29 0 29
1892 32 0 32
1893 30 0 30
1894 29 0 29
1895 27 0 27
1896 42 0 42
1897 26 0 26
1898 38 0 38
1899 32 0 32
1900 38 0 38
1901 35 0 35
1902 29 0 29
1903 52 0 52
1904 41 0 41
1905 30 0 30
1906 50 0 50
1907 43 0 43
1908 34 0 34
1909 52 0 52
1910 53 0 53
1911 84 0 84
1912 163 0 163
1913 207 0 207
1914 244 0 244
1915 328 0 328
1916 363 5 358
1917 398 0 398
1918 455 5 450
1919 456 0 456
1920 433 0 433
1921 508 5 503
1922 486 6 480
1923 500 5 495
1924 550 0 550
1925 597 0 597
1926 563 5 558
1927 546 0 546
1928 523 5 518
1929 545 0 545
1930 560 0 560
1931 474 0 474
1932 446 7 439
1933 427 0 427
1934 433 0 433
1935 399 0 399
1936 434 0 434
1937 411 0 411
1938 384 0 384
1939 312 0 312
1940 345 0 345
1941 334 0 334
1942 317 0 317
1943 304 0 304
1944 293 0 293
1945 273 0 273
1946 285 0 285
1947 293 0 293
1948 247 0 247
1949 269 0 269
1950 252 0 252
1951 216 0 216
1952 219 0 219
1953 222 0 222
1954 191 0 191
1955 183 0 183
1956 192 0 192
1957 195 0 195
1958 158 0 158
1959 171 0 171
1960 186 0 186
1961 187 5 182
1962 153 0 153
1963 198 0 198
1964 162 0 162
1965 160 0 160
1966 152 0 152
1967 129 0 129
1968 120 0 120
1969 117 0 117
1970 121 0 121
1971 120 0 120
1972 112 0 112
1973 88 0 88
1974 86 0 86
1975 79 0 79
1976 82 0 82
1977 98 0 98
1978 102 0 102
1979 94 0 94
1980 98 0 98
1981 91 0 91
1982 75 0 75
1983 70 0 70
1984 60 0 60
1985 56 0 56
1986 63 0 63
1987 56 0 56
1988 51 0 51
1989 54 0 54
1990 43 0 43
1991 45 0 45
1992 31 0 31
1993 36 0 36
1994 36 0 36
1995 25 0 25
1996 37 0 37
1997 21 0 21
1998 25 0 25
1999 24 0 24
2000 21 0 21
2001 22 0 22
2002 24 0 24
2003 23 0 23
2004 30 0 30
2005 31 0 31
2006 25 0 25
2007 29 0 29
2008 19 0 19
2009 26 0 26
2010 26 0 26
2011 27 0 27
2012 36 0 36
2013 30 0 30
2014 27 0 27
2015 36 0 36
2016 25 0 25

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Popularity of Burton as a first name

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Popularity of Burton as a last name

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Common last names for Burton

  • Smith
  • Brown
  • Johnson
  • Davis
  • Anderson
  • Williams
  • Miller
  • Clark
  • Moore
  • Taylor
  • Wright
  • Thompson
  • Lewis
  • Hall
  • White
  • Robinson
  • Thomas

Ethnicity Distribution

Ethnicity Burton U.S.
  White 67.32% 64.26%
  African American 27.06% 11.96%
  Asian, Hawaiian, and Pacific Islander 0.53% 4.85%
  American Indian and Alaska Native 0.51% 0.69%
  Two or More Ethnicities 2.25% 1.76%
  Hispanic or Latino 2.34% 16.26%

Of Last Name Burton

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

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Fun Facts about the name Burton

  • How Popular is the name Burton? Burton is the 1,583rd most popular name of all time. As a last name Burton was the 280th most popular name in 2010.
  • How many people with the first name Burton have been born in the United States? From 1880 to 2016, the Social Security Administration has recorded 22,306 babies born with the first name Burton in the United States. That's more than enough people named Burton to occupy the territory of Caribbean Netherlands (the Netherlands) with an estimated population of 21,133 (as of January 1, 2011).
  • What year were 5 or more babies first named Burton? The name was first given to 5 or more babies in the year 1880 when it was given as a first name to 34 new born babies.
  • When was Burton first recorded in the United States? The oldest recorded birth by the Social Security Administration for the first name Burton is Friday, February 1st, 1867.
  • What year had the most people named Burton born? The highest recorded use of the first name Burton was in 1925 with a total of 597 babies.
  • Random Burton Factoid: According to the 1926 U.S. Social Security Administration data, the first name Burton ranks 99th in popularity as a baby boy's name in Vermont. Imagine that, 5 babies in Vermont have the same name as you in 1926.
  • Weird things about the name Burton: Your name in reverse order is Notrub. A random rearrangement of the letters in your name (anagram) will give Otrunb. How do you pronounce that?
  • How many people have the last name Burton? In 2010, the U.S. Census Bureau surveyed 110,529 people with the last name Burton.
  • How likely are you to meet someone with the last name of Burton? Burton was ranked as the 280th most popular last name but is still less than 0.1% of the population!

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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.
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