What does Burgess mean?
Burgess /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.
Related boy name: Burroughs.Kreatif forms: Bridgess, Brogess, Bugess. [more]
How popular is Burgess?
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 (not ranked) is Burr. Adoption of this relation of Burgess was common during 1880-1889 (adoption of 0.32%) and is now 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)