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What does Burl mean?

Burl Pronunciation of Burl as a boys' name is pronounced berl. It is of Old English and Old French origin, and the meaning of Burl is "knotty wood; tuft of wool". Folksinger/actor in the 1950s Burl Ives. See also Berlyn.

ASSOCIATED WITH Bu-, old english, wood (tree)


VARIANTS Burle, Burrell




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How popular is Burl?

Burl is a somewhat prominent first name for males (#996 out of 1220, Top 82%) and an even more prominent last name for both adults and children (#28049 out of 150436, Top 19%). (2000 U.S. DEMOGRAPHICS)

Burl was first listed in 1880-1889 and reached its peak position of #471 in the U.S. then, but is not ranked at the moment. (2015 U.S. SSA RECORDS)

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

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

Which version is better?

Berl and Burrell are the popular variation forms of Burl appearing in the Top 2000. Other forms, like Berle, are uncommon. Adoption of these forms of Burl was at its most widespread during the years 1910-1919 (AVERAGE #1172), but now, the form Burl has become less trendy.

Top 2000 baby names ranking of Burl, Berl, Burrell in U.S.

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

Similar Names

Recommended sound-alike names are Bail, Bar, Bard, Bari, Barr, Bart, Beal, Bell, Berg, Berk, Bern, Bert, Bill, Bird, Birk, Birly, Borg, Born, Bourn, Bri, Buck, Bud, Budd, Buel, Buell, Buhl, Burch, Burg, Burgh, Burk, Burke, Burley, Burlie, Burn, Burne, Burnel (see Burnell), Burns, Burr, Burt, Burtt, Burty, Buzz, Byll, Byrd, Byrn, Carl, Earl, Erl, Irl, Jarl, Karl, Perl and Thurl. These names tend to be less frequently used than Burl.

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