Burns Name Meaning

Scottish and northern English: topographic name for someone who lived by a stream or streams, from the Middle English nominative plural or genitive singular of burn (see Bourne). Scottish: variant of Burnhouse, habitational name from a place named with burn ‘stream’ + house ‘house’. Irish: Anglicized form of Gaelic Ó Broin (see Byrne). Jewish (American): Americanized and shortened form of 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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Burns Family Origin

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Burns Family Occupations

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  • Labourer

    6%
  • Coal Miner

    4%
  • Charwoman

    1%
  • Housekeeper

    1%

In 1881, the most common Burns occupation in the UK was Labourer. 6% of Burns's were Labourers. A less common occupation for the Burns family was Housekeeper. Labourer, Coal Miner and Charwoman were the top 3 reported jobs worked by Burns.

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Between 1940 and 2004, 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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