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Burden Name Meaning

(of Norman origin) from the Old French personal name Burdo (oblique case Burdon), probably of Germanic origin, but uncertain meaning. nickname for a pilgrim or one who carried a pilgrim’s staff, Middle English, Old French bourdon. habitational name from any of various places called Burdon or Burden. Burden in West Yorkshire and Great Burdon in County Durham are named with Old English burh ‘stronghold’, ‘fortified place’ + dun ‘hill’; Burdon in Tyne and Wear is named with Old English b¯re ‘byre’ + denu ‘valley’.

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


Similar surnames: Barden, Borden, Bowden, Buren, Burdin, Munden, Budden, Carden, Bordon

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Where is the Burden family from?

You can see how Burden families moved over time by selecting different census years. The Burden family name was found in the USA, the UK, Canada, and Scotland between 1840 and 1920. The most Burden families were found in the UK in 1891. In 1840 there were 24 Burden families living in New York. This was about 18% of all the recorded Burden's in the USA. New York had the highest population of Burden families in 1840.
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What did your Burden ancestors do for a living?

In 1940, Laborer and Housekeeper were the top reported jobs for men and women in the US named Burden. 26% of Burden men worked as a Laborer and 8% of Burden women worked as a Housekeeper. Some less common occupations for Americans named Burden were Truck Driver and Laborer.

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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
    26%
  • Farmer
    22%
  • Salesman
    4%
  • Truck Driver
    4%

Top Female Occupations in 1940

  • Housekeeper
    8%
  • Maid
    8%
  • Cook
    8%
  • Laborer
    7%
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Census Records

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Passenger Lists

There are 10,000 immigration records available for the last name Burden. 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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There are 14,000 military records available for the last name Burden. For the veterans among your Burden ancestors, military collections provide insights into where and when they served, and even physical descriptions.

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What is the average Burden lifespan?

Between 1941 and 2004, in the United States, Burden life expectancy was at its lowest point in 1943, and highest in 2000. The average life expectancy for Burden in 1941 was 40, and 73 in 2004.

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