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Burgess Family History

Burgess Name Meaning
English and Scottish: status name from Middle English burge(i)s, Old French burgeis ‘inhabitant and (usually) freeman of a (fortified) town’ (see Burke), especially one with municipal rights and duties. Burgesses generally had tenure of land or buildings from a landlord by burgage. In medieval England burgage involved the payment of a fixed money rent (as opposed to payment in kind); in Scotland it involved payment in service, guarding the town. The -eis ending is from Latin -ensis (modern English -ese as in Portuguese). Compare Burger.

Source: Dictionary of American Family Names ©2013, Oxford University Press

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Name Distribution of Burgess Families

  • Number of Burgess families
     255 - 507
     86 - 254
     1 - 85
     
    from the 1920 US Federal Census Data
  • Number of Burgess families
     1,380 - 2,758
     461 - 1,379
     1 - 460
     
    from the 1891 England and Wales Census Data
  • Number of Burgess families
     103 - 204
     35 - 102
     1 - 34
     
    from the 1891 Scotland Census Data

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Burgess Family Origin

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Burgess Immigration Information

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Average Life Expectancy for Burgess

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Burgess Family Occupations

from 1880 Federal Census Data

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