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Meaning and Name Origin

Burgess \b(u)-rge-ss, 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.


Burgess has 3 variants: Burges, Burgiss and Burr.

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


Burgess is an uncommon first name for men but a very popular surname for all people (#346 out of 88799, Top 1%). (2000 U.S. Census)

Shown below is a comparison of the popularity of the boy name Burgess and corresponding names. The only prominent varying form of Burgess (#unlisted) ranked in the Top 1000 is Burr. Adoption of this boy name reached its apex during 1880-1889 and is now significantly lower, with the version Burr becoming less fashionable. (2014 Birth 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.