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What does Burton mean?

Burton Pronunciation of Burton [bur-ton] as a boys' name is of Old English origin, and the meaning of Burton is "fortified settlement". Place name used as a given name in the 19th century. The exploits of African explorer and writer Sir Richard Burton may have influenced its use. Also made familiar in modern times by Elizabeth Taylor's husband, Richard Burton. Actors Burt Lancaster, Burt Reynolds.

Associated with: old english, 19th century, modern.


Burton has 3 variants: Bert, Burt and Burtt.

Related boy name: Berton.

2 more alternative forms via Burt: Burty and Butch.

Creative forms:
(male) Burtone, ..

(female) Buron, ..

Middle name pairings:
Burton Coen (B.C.), ..

How popular is Burton?

Burton is a very popular first name for men (#570 out of 1220, Top 47%) and also a very popular surname for all people (#255 out of 150436, Top 1%). (2000 U.S. Census)

Burton reached its top rank of #249 in the U.S. in the 1920s, but is not listed at the moment. (Top 2000 Names, 2015)

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

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

Which version is better?

with its variant forms and related boy names. Butch, Burt, Berton and Bert are the prominent variation forms of Burton. These forms of Burton were popular as baby names during the years 1880-1889 (adoption of 0.3%), but now, versions such as Bert have fallen out of fashion.

Top 2000 baby names ranking of Burton, Bert, Berton, Burt, Butch in U.S.

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

Similar Names

Burton is pronounced similarly to Barrton, Barten, Bartin, Barton and Bertin. Other suggested similar names are Auron, Barden, Bardon, Baron, Barron, Bartome, Bartow, Belton, Benton, Berto, Bertol (see Berthold), Biron, Bolton, Borbon, Borden, Bordin, Bordon, Boston, Bourbon, Bradon, Breton, Bretton, Brion, Briton, Britton, Bron, Bryon, Buiron, Burlin, Burn, Button, Buxton, Byron, Darton, Dunton, Duston, Eurion, Fulton, Garton, Gorton, Gurion, Guryon, Horton, Huston, Hutton, Marton, Merton, Morton, Murton, Norton, Orton, Parton, Ruston, Sutton and Warton. These names tend to be less commonly used than Burton.

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