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Burns Name Meaning

Scottish (central Scotland and northern England): habitational name from any of various places called formerly Burnis Burnes or Burnhouse (named with burn- ‘stream’) especially those in Kincardineshire Renfrewshire Dunbartonshire and possibly Argyll. English and Scottish: variant either of Burn with post-medieval excrescent -s or of Barnes . Irish: Anglicized form of Gaelic Ó Broin (see Byrne ) with excrescent -s. American shortened and altered form of Jewish Bernstein .

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


Similar surnames: Bourns, Buras, Duris, Buren, Beans, Burn, Berns, Borns, Burne, Burry

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Where is the Burns family from?

You can see how Burns families moved over time by selecting different census years. The Burns family name was found in the USA, the UK, Canada, and Scotland between 1840 and 1920. The most Burns families were found in USA in 1880. In 1840 there were 295 Burns families living in New York. This was about 20% of all the recorded Burns's in USA. New York had the highest population of Burns families in 1840.
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What did your Burns ancestors do for a living?

In 1940, Laborer and Teacher were the top reported jobs for men and women in the USA named Burns. 14% of Burns men worked as a Laborer and 6% of Burns women worked as a Teacher. Some less common occupations for Americans named Burns were Clerk and Clerk. .

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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
    14%
  • Farmer
    11%
  • Salesman
    5%
  • Clerk
    3%

Top Female Occupations In 1940

  • Teacher
    6%
  • Stenographer
    6%
  • Housekeeper
    6%
  • Clerk
    5%
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Passenger Lists

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There are 216,000 military records available for the last name Burns. For the veterans among your Burns ancestors, military collections provide insights into where and when they served, and even physical descriptions.

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What is the average Burns lifespan?

Between 1940 and 2004, in the United States, Burns life expectancy was at its lowest point in 1945, and highest in 2000. The average life expectancy for Burns in 1940 was 40, and 74 in 2004.

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