What does Burl mean?
Burl /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.
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. Census)
Shown below is the birth name popularity of Burl for boys. 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. (2014 Birth Statistics)
Below is a graphed analysis of the usage of the boy name Burl and associated names. Burrell is the only other popular variation form of Burl appearing in the Top 1000. Other forms, like Berl, are uncommon. Adoption of these forms of Burl was at its most widespread during the years 1880-1889 (average #712) and is now lower. (2014 Birth Statistics)