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Burnham Family History

Burnham Name Meaning
English: habitational name from any of several places called Burnham. Those in Buckinghamshire (Burnham Beeches), Norfolk (various villages), and Essex (Burnham-on-Crouch) are named with Old English burna ‘stream’ + ham ‘homestead’. In the case of Burnham-on-Sea in Somerset, however, the second element is Old English hamm ‘water meadow’, while Burnham in Lincolnshire is named from brunnum, dative plural of Old Norse brunnr ‘spring’, originally used after a preposition, i.e. ‘(at) the springs’.

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

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Name Distribution of Burnham Families

  • Number of Burnham families
     252 - 502
     85 - 251
     1 - 84
     
    from the 1920 US Federal Census Data
  • Number of Burnham families
     198 - 394
     67 - 197
     1 - 66
     
    from the 1891 England and Wales Census Data
  • Number of Burnham families
     5 - 8
     2 - 4
     1
     
    from the 1891 Scotland Census Data

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Burnham Family Origin

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Burnham Immigration Information

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Average Life Expectancy for Burnham

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Burnham Family Occupations

from 1880 Federal Census Data

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