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Meaning and name origin

Burgess \b(u)-rge-ss, bur-gess\ as a boy's 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 variant forms: Burges, Burgiss and Burr.

For more information, see also the related boy name Burroughs.


Burgess is not a popular first name for males but a very popular surname or last name for all people (#346 out of 88799, Top 1%) (2000 U.S. Census).

Displayed below is a comparison of the popularity of the boy name Burgess and its variant forms. The only popular variation form ranked in the Top 1000/100 is Burr. (2014 statistics).

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

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