Burns Family History

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

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  • Labourer

  • Coal Miner

  • Charwoman

  • Housekeeper


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Burns Historical Records

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Census Record

There are 1 million census records available for the last name Burns. Like a window into their day-to-day life, Burns 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 150,000 immigration records available for the last name Burns. 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 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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Burns Life Expectancy

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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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