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Burgess 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 name Burroughs.
Baby names that sound like Burgess are Briggs, Brooks and Parkes.
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Popularity of Burgess
Burgess is not a popular first name for men but a very popular surname or last name for all people (#346 out of 88799). (1990 U.S. Census)
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