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Burns Family History

Burns Name Meaning
Scottish and northern English: topographic name for someone who lived by a stream or streams, from the Middle English nominative plural or genitive singular of burn (see Bourne).Scottish: variant of Burnhouse, habitational name from a place named with burn ‘stream’ + house ‘house’.Irish: Anglicized form of Gaelic Ó Broin (see Byrne).Jewish (American): Americanized and shortened form of Bernstein.

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

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Name Distribution of Burns Families

  • Number of Burns families
     1,755 - 3,507
     586 - 1,754
     1 - 585
     
    from the 1920 US Federal Census Data
  • Number of Burns families
     2,086 - 4,169
     696 - 2,085
     1 - 695
     
    from the 1891 England and Wales Census Data
  • Number of Burns families
     1,478 - 2,953
     493 - 1,477
     1 - 492
     
    from the 1891 Scotland Census Data

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Burns Family Origin

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Burns Immigration Information

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Average Life Expectancy for Burns

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Burns Family Occupations

from 1880 Federal Census Data

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