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Burt Name Meaning

English and Scottish: from the Old English personal name Byrht, a byform of Be(o)rht ‘bright’. Compare Bert. German: Middle High German burt ‘that which is due or proper’, therefore a nickname for someone who has fulfilled his obligations properly. Jewish (from Poland and Ukraine): variant of Burd.

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


Similar surnames: Butt, Bury, Bart, Burg, Hurt, Burr, Bunt, Burd, Birt, Burk

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Where is the Burt family from?

You can see how Burt families moved over time by selecting different census years. The Burt family name was found in the USA, the UK, Canada, and Scotland between 1840 and 1920. The most Burt families were found in the USA in 1880. In 1840 there were 184 Burt families living in New York. This was about 27% of all the recorded Burt's in the USA. New York had the highest population of Burt families in 1840.
Use census records and voter lists to see where families with the Burt surname lived. Within census records, you can often find information like name of household members, ages, birthplaces, residences, and occupations.

What did your Burt ancestors do for a living?

In 1940, Farmer and Housewife were the top reported jobs for men and women in the US named Burt. 16% of Burt men worked as a Farmer and 8% of Burt women worked as a Housewife. Some less common occupations for Americans named Burt were Truck Driver and Maid.

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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
    16%
  • Laborer
    14%
  • Salesman
    6%
  • Truck Driver
    4%

Top Female Occupations in 1940

  • Housewife
    8%
  • Housekeeper
    7%
  • Teacher
    7%
  • Maid
    6%
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Census Records

There are 302,000 census records available for the last name Burt. Like a window into their day-to-day life, Burt 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 30,000 immigration records available for the last name Burt. 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 46,000 military records available for the last name Burt. For the veterans among your Burt ancestors, military collections provide insights into where and when they served, and even physical descriptions.

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What is the average Burt lifespan?

Between 1943 and 2004, in the United States, Burt life expectancy was at its lowest point in 1949, and highest in 2004. The average life expectancy for Burt in 1943 was 52, and 77 in 2004.

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