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Origins of the Burgess surname

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What does the name Burgess mean?

The origin of the surname Burgess is English, believed to have Anglo-French roots. It is an occupational surname that comes from the French 'burgeis' (citizen), and would have become attached to those who were citizens or freemen of a town or burgh, and their lineage. The name became established as early as the 1200s, and can be seen in documents from this period onwards.

Alternative variations of the name Burgess

Burgess, Burges, Bargess, Barges, Bergess

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Where do most Burgesses live?

In 1921, most Burgesses lived in London.

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Interesting facts about Burgesses

How common is your surname?

183rd most common surname in the UK

We have 203,000 records for the Burgess surname. The oldest one dates back to 1100.

Who were Burgesses most likely to marry?




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What are the most common Burgess first names?

  • John
  • William
  • Mary
  • Elizabeth

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Common jobs for Burgesses

Men and women often performed different types of jobs, so these are displayed by gender to maintain their historical accuracy.

Common Female occupations for Burgesses in 1921




Domestic Servant


General Servant Domestic


Cotton Weaver


Common Male occupations for Burgesses in 1921
Agricultural Labourer


General Labourer






Farm Labourer


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