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What does Burgess mean?

Burgess \b(u)-rge-ss, bur-gess\ as a boys' name is of Old French origin, and the meaning of Burgess is "freeman of a borough". Transferred use of the surname, in origin a status name from the Old French "burgeis", which is derived from the German "burg" meaning "town". Actor Burgess Meredith; poet Gelett Burgess.


Burgess has 3 variants: Burges, Burgiss and Burr.

For more on this name, see also the related boy name Burroughs.


Burgess is an uncommon first name for men but a very popular surname for all people (#407 out of 150436, Top 1%). (2000 U.S. Census)

The only prominent varying form of Burgess (#unlisted) is Burr. Adoption of these boy names reached its apex during 1880-1889 (usage of 0.323%) and is now significantly lower, with Burr becoming less fashionable. Shown below is a comparison of the usage of the boy name Burgess and corresponding names. (Top 1000 Birth Names Records, 2014)

Top 1000 baby names ranking of Burr in U.S.

Top 100 baby names ranking of Burgess and related baby names outside U.S.