Burgess Family History

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Burgess Name Meaning

English and Scottish: status name from Middle English burge(i)s, Old French burgeis ‘inhabitant and (usually) freeman of a (fortified) town’ (see Burke), especially one with municipal rights and duties. Burgesses generally had tenure of land or buildings from a landlord by burgage. In medieval England burgage involved the payment of a fixed money rent (as opposed to payment in kind); in Scotland it involved payment in service, guarding the town. The -eis ending is from Latin -ensis (modern English -ese as in Portuguese). Compare Burger.

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

Similar surnames: Burger, Burgett, Burge, Burress, Burgh, Borges, Berges, Furness

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Burgess Family Origin

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Burgess Family Occupations

What did your Burgess ancestors do for a living?

In 1939, General Labourer and Unpaid Domestic Duties were the top reported jobs for men and women in the UK named Burgess. 3% of Burgess men worked as a General Labourer and 52% of Burgess women worked as an Unpaid Domestic Duties. Some less common occupations for Americans named Burgess were Gardener and Incapacitated

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Top Male Occupations in 1939

  • General Labourer
  • Builders Labourer
  • Bricklayer
  • Gardener

Top Female Occupations in 1939

  • Unpaid Domestic Duties
  • Housewife
  • Unpaid Domestic
  • Incapacitated

*We display top occupations by gender to maintain their historical accuracy during times when men and women often performed different jobs.

Burgess Historical Records

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Census Record

There are 677,000 census records available for the last name Burgess. Like a window into their day-to-day life, Burgess census records can tell you where and how your ancestors worked, their level of education, veteran status, and more.

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Passenger List

There are 61,000 immigration records available for the last name Burgess. Passenger lists are your ticket to knowing when your ancestors arrived in the UK, and how they made the journey - from the ship name to ports of arrival and departure.

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Draft Card

There are 85,000 military records available for the last name Burgess. For the veterans among your Burgess ancestors, military collections provide insights into where and when they served, and even physical descriptions.

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Burgess Life Expectancy

What is the average Burgess lifespan?

Between 1940 and 2004, in the United States, Burgess life expectancy was at its lowest point in 1944, and highest in 2004. The average life expectancy for Burgess in 1940 was 72, and 74 in 2004.

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