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Burr Name Meaning

English: nickname from Middle English burre ‘bur’ (a seed-case or flower-head with clinging prickles) used by Shakespeare to denote someone who sticks like a bur a person difficult to ‘shake off’ a sense which may well be older. German: topographic name from Burr(e) ‘mound hill’ or in the south a variant of Burrer .

Source: Dictionary of American Family Names 2nd edition, 2022

Similar surnames: Barr, Bury, Burry, Bur, Burt, Borr, Kurr, Burg, Turk, Bird

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Where is the Burr family from?

You can see how Burr families moved over time by selecting different census years. The Burr family name was found in the USA, the UK, Canada, and Scotland between 1840 and 1920. The most Burr families were found in USA in 1880. In 1840 there were 156 Burr families living in New York. This was about 27% of all the recorded Burr's in USA. New York had the highest population of Burr families in 1840.
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What did your Burr ancestors do for a living?

In 1940, Farmer and Housewife were the top reported jobs for men and women in the USA named Burr. 15% of Burr men worked as a Farmer and 10% of Burr women worked as a Housewife. Some less common occupations for Americans named Burr were Truck Driver and Stenographer. .

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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
  • Truck Driver

Top Female Occupations In 1940

  • Housewife
  • Teacher
  • Housekeeper
  • Stenographer
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Census Records

There are 166,000 census records available for the last name Burr. Like a window into their day-to-day life, Burr 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 13,000 immigration records available for the last name Burr. 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 26,000 military records available for the last name Burr. For the veterans among your Burr ancestors, military collections provide insights into where and when they served, and even physical descriptions.

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What is the average Burr lifespan?

Between 1945 and 2004, in the United States, Burr life expectancy was at its lowest point in 1957, and highest in 2000. The average life expectancy for Burr in 1945 was 43, and 72 in 2004.

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