Burr Family History

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Burr Name Meaning

English: of uncertain origin. Reaney explains this as a nickname for a person who is difficult to shake off, from Middle English bur(r) ‘bur’ (a seedhead that sticks to clothing). Burre occurs as a surname or byname as early as 1185, but the vocabulary word is not recorded in OED until the 14th century. Another possibility is derivation from Old English bur ‘small dwelling or building’ (modern English bower), but there are phonological difficulties here too. German: perhaps a variant spelling of Bur, or a topographic name from Burr(e) ‘mound’, ‘hill’, or in the south a variant of Burrer.

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

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

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Burr Ethnicity Estimate

What are the common regions with the Burr name?

These results combine data from everyone in the AncestryDNA® database with the last name Burr. The Ancestry® ethnicity regions shown are top five most common on average for these people.

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  • England & Wales


  • Ireland & Scotland


  • Germanic Europe


  • Norway


  • Eastern Europe & Russia


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Burr Family Origin

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Burr Family Occupations

What did your Burr ancestors do for a living?

In 1881, the most common Burr occupation in the UK was Agricultural Labourer. 7% of Burr's were Agricultural Labourers. Agricultural Labourer, Farmer and Labourer were the top 3 reported jobs worked by Burr. A less common occupation for the Burr family was Ag Labourer.

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  • Agricultural Labourer

  • Farmer

  • Labourer

  • Ag Labourer


Census records can tell you a lot of little known facts about your Burr ancestors, such as occupation. Occupation can tell you about your ancestor's social and economic status.

Burr Historical Records

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Census Record

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 List

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 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 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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Burr Life Expectancy

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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An unusually short lifespan might indicate that your Burr ancestors lived in harsh conditions. A short lifespan might also indicate health problems that were once prevalent in your family. The SSDI is a searchable database of more than 70 million names. You can find birthdates, death dates, addresses and more.

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