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What does Burke mean?

Burke Pronunciation of Burke [burke] as a boys' name is pronounced berk. It is of Old French origin, and the meaning of Burke is "from the fortified settlement". See also Berkeley.


Burke has 5 variants: Berk, Berke, Birk, Bourke and Burk.

8 more related forms via Berkeley: Bar, Barkley, Barklie, Berkie, Berklee, Berkley, Berky and Birkley.

Creative forms:
(male) Barke, Burde, ..

(female) Burce, Burte, ..

Middle name pairings:
Burke Keyon (B.K.), ..

How popular is Burke?

Burke is a rare given name for males but a very popular surname for both adults and children (#229 out of 150436, Top 1%). (2000 U.S. Census)

Burke reached its apex position of #1173 in the U.S. during the years 1960-1969, but is not in the list currently. (Top Baby Names, 2015)

Top 2000 baby names ranking of Burke name in U.S.

Top 100 baby names ranking of Burke outside U.S.

Which version is better?

with its variant forms and related boy names. Burk and Berkley are the prominent alternative forms of Burke. Other forms, like Berkie, are uncommon. These forms of Burke reached the apex of their popularity 105 years ago.

Top 2000 baby names ranking of Burke, Berkley, Burk in U.S.

Top 100 baby names ranking of Burke and related baby names outside U.S.

Similar Names

Recommended names are Bake, Barde, Barker, Berle, Berne, Birkee, Birket (see Birkett), Birkey, Birkie (see Birkey), Birky, Blake, Borne, Bourne, Brae, Brye, Buck, Buckey, Buckie, Bucky, Burch, Burg, Burges, Burgh, Burket, Burkett, Burl, Burle, Burley, Burlie, Burn, Burne, Burnel (see Burnell), Burnet, Burney, Burnie, Burns, Burr, Burt, Burtt, Burty, Byrne, Dirke, Duke, Fulke, Luke, Parke, Rorke, Rourke and Yorke. These names tend to be more commonly used than Burke.

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