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What does Burgess mean?

Burgess Pronunciation of Burgess [burgess] 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.

Associated with: surname, old.


Burgess has 3 variants: Burges, Burgiss and Burr.

Related boy name: Burroughs.

Creative forms:
(male) Bergess, Brogess, ..

(female) Burget, ..

Middle name pairings:
Burgess Landan (B.L.), ..

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)

Burgess reached its highest rank of #1522 in the U.S. in the 1910s, but is not in the list at the moment. (Top 2000 Names, 2015)

Top 2000 baby names ranking of Burgess name in U.S.

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

Which version is better?

with its variant forms and related boy names. The only other prominent varying form of Burgess is Burr. Adoption of these relations of Burgess was common in the 1880s.

Top 2000 baby names ranking of Burgess, Burr in U.S.

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

Similar Names

Recommended names are Barnes, Bayless, Beavess, Bergen, Berger, Boriss, Burdett, Burg, Burgard, Burgaud (see Burchard), Burgh, Burke, Burket, Burkett, Burle, Burley, Burne, Burnel (see Burnell), Burnell, Burnet, Burnett, Burney, Burnis, Burns, Burrell, Burrows, Byrnes, Corless, Curtiss, Dariess (see Darius), Kurtiss (see Kurtis), Markess and Purviss. Like Burgess, these names are not frequently used.

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