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Burger Name Meaning

German, English, and Dutch: status name for a freeman of a borough, especially one who was a member of its governing council, a derivative of Middle High German burc, Middle English burg ‘(fortified) town’, Middle Dutch burch. The English name is found occasionally as a surname from the 13th century onwards but is not recorded as a vocabulary word until the 16th century. The usual English term was the Old French word burgeis ‘burgess’ (see Burgess). This name is frequent throughout central and eastern Europe. It also occurs as an Ashkenazic Jewish family name, but the reasons for its adoption are uncertain. German: habitational name for someone from any of the many places called Burg.

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

Similar surnames: Berger, Turner, Berner, Borger, Burgner, Bunger, Burge, Burden

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Where is the Burger family from?

You can see how Burger families moved over time by selecting different census years. The Burger family name was found in the USA, the UK, Canada, and Scotland between 1840 and 1920. The most Burger families were found in the USA in 1880. In 1840 there were 62 Burger families living in New York. This was about 35% of all the recorded Burger's in the USA. New York had the highest population of Burger families in 1840.
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What did your Burger ancestors do for a living?

In 1940, Farmer and Stenographer were the top reported jobs for men and women in the US named Burger. 14% of Burger men worked as a Farmer and 8% of Burger women worked as a Stenographer. Some less common occupations for Americans named Burger were Clerk and Housewife.

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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

  • Farmer
  • Laborer
  • Salesman
  • Clerk

Top Female Occupations in 1940

  • Stenographer
  • Clerk
  • Housekeeper
  • Housewife
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Passenger Lists

There are 19,000 immigration records available for the last name Burger. 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 39,000 military records available for the last name Burger. For the veterans among your Burger ancestors, military collections provide insights into where and when they served, and even physical descriptions.

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What is the average Burger lifespan?

Between 1942 and 2004, in the United States, Burger life expectancy was at its lowest point in 1942, and highest in 2003. The average life expectancy for Burger in 1942 was 21, and 76 in 2004.

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