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Burr Family History

Burr Name Meaning
English: of uncertain origin. Reaney explains this as a nickname for a person who is difficult to shake off, from Middle English bur(r) ‘bur’ (a seedhead that sticks to clothing). Burre occurs as a surname or byname as early as 1185, but the vocabulary word is not recorded in OED until the 14th century. Another possibility is derivation from Old English bur ‘small dwelling or building’ (modern English bower), but there are phonological difficulties here too.German: perhaps a variant spelling of Bur, or a topographic name from Burr(e) ‘mound’, ‘hill’, or in the south a variant of Burrer.

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

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189,834 Birth, Marriage, and Deaths
25,496 Military Records
11,671 Immigration Records
157,674 Census and Voter Lists
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Name Distribution of Burr Families

  • Number of Burr families
     211 - 419
     71 - 210
     1 - 70
     
    from the 1920 US Federal Census Data
  • Number of Burr families
     269 - 536
     90 - 268
     1 - 89
     
    from the 1891 England and Wales Census Data
  • Number of Burr families
     90 - 178
     31 - 89
     1 - 30
     
    from the 1891 Scotland Census Data

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Burr Family Origin

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Burr Immigration Information

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Average Life Expectancy for Burr

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Burr Family Occupations

from 1880 Federal Census Data

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Burr Civil War Service Records

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