What does Burgess mean?
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.
For more on this name, see also the related boy name Burroughs.
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)
The only prominent varying form of Burgess (#unlisted) is Burr. Adoption of these boy names reached its apex during 1880-1889 (usage of 0.323%) and is now significantly lower, with Burr becoming less fashionable. Shown below is a comparison of the usage of the boy name Burgess and corresponding names. (Top 1000 Birth Names Records, 2014)