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.
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).