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.
Associated with: surname.
Related boy name: Burroughs.Kreatif forms:
(male) Bridgess, Brogess, ..
(female) Burgesse, Burget, ..
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)
Shown below is the birth name popularity of Burgess for boys. 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, 2014)
The only other prominent varying form of Burgess is Burr. Adoption of these relations of Burgess was common in the 1880s.
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.