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Bur Name Meaning

Swiss and North German variant of Bauer. French: from a short form of a Germanic personal name formed with bur ‘dwelling’, ‘settlement’. Czech: topographic name, from bur ‘pine wood’. Czech: descriptive nickname from burý ‘dark’.

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


Similar surnames: Bury, Burr, Bar, Burg, Burk, Buer, Buri, Burt, Tur, Buhr

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Where is the Bur family from?

You can see how Bur families moved over time by selecting different census years. The Bur family name was found in the USA, the UK, Canada, and Scotland between 1840 and 1920. The most Bur families were found in the UK in 1891. In 1840 there were 4 Bur families living in New York. This was about 57% of all the recorded Bur's in the USA. New York had the highest population of Bur families in 1840.
Use census records and voter lists to see where families with the Bur surname lived. Within census records, you can often find information like name of household members, ages, birthplaces, residences, and occupations.

What did your Bur ancestors do for a living?

In 1940, Laborer and Housewife were the top reported jobs for men and women in the US named Bur. 32% of Bur men worked as a Laborer and 34% of Bur women worked as a Housewife. Some less common occupations for Americans named Bur were Engineer and Bookkeeper.

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*We display top occupations by gender to maintain their historical accuracy during times when men and women often performed different jobs.

Top Male Occupations in 1940

  • Laborer
    32%
  • Farmer
    21%
  • Salesman
    7%
  • Engineer
    6%

Top Female Occupations in 1940

  • Housewife
    34%
  • Maid
    25%
  • Stenographer
    25%
  • Bookkeeper
    17%
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Census Records

There are 10,000 census records available for the last name Bur. Like a window into their day-to-day life, Bur census records can tell you where and how your ancestors worked, their level of education, veteran status, and more.

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Passenger Lists

There are 1,000 immigration records available for the last name Bur. Passenger lists are your ticket to knowing when your ancestors arrived in the USA, and how they made the journey - from the ship name to ports of arrival and departure.

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Draft Cards

There are 14,000 military records available for the last name Bur. For the veterans among your Bur ancestors, military collections provide insights into where and when they served, and even physical descriptions.

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What is the average Bur lifespan?

Between 1952 and 2004, in the United States, Bur life expectancy was at its lowest point in 1952, and highest in 1994. The average life expectancy for Bur in 1952 was 42, and 74 in 2004.

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