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Origins of the Burton surname

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What does the name Burton mean?

The Burton surname comes from England. It was given to those who came from one of the many places called 'Burton' across the country, and their descendants. Although the most common of these places of origin is Burton-on-Trent, in Staffordshire, there are believed to be over 40 of similar name spread throughout England.

Alternative variations of the name Burton

Burton, Birton, Burtone, Burtun, Burtin

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Where do most Burtons live?

In 1921, most Burtons lived in London.

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Interesting facts about Burtons

How common is your surname?

113th most common surname in the UK

We have 267,000 records for the Burton surname. The oldest one dates back to 1086.

Who were Burtons most likely to marry?




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What are the most common Burton first names?

  • John
  • William
  • Mary
  • Elizabeth

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Common jobs for Burtons

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

Common Female occupations for Burtons in 1921




General Servant Domestic


Domestic Servant


General Servant


Common Male occupations for Burtons in 1921
Agricultural Labourer


General Labourer


Coal Miner




Farm Labourer


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