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Burse Family History

Burse Name Meaning

Possibly also an altered spelling of French Bourse, a metonymic occupational name for a maker of purses, Old French bourse (from Late Latin bursa). German (Bürse): variant of Bursch.

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

Similar surnames: Purse, Busse, Buse, Burge, Brusse, Burke, Bise, Beese, Brue, Burry

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Where is the Burse family from?

You can see how Burse families moved over time by selecting different census years. The Burse family name was found in the USA, the UK, Canada, and Scotland between 1840 and 1920. The most Burse families were found in the USA in 1920. In 1891 there were 15 Burse families living in Sussex. This was about 26% of all the recorded Burse's in the UK. Sussex had the highest population of Burse families in 1891.
Use census records and voter lists to see where families with the Burse surname lived. Within census records, you can often find information like name of household members, ages, birthplaces, residences, and occupations.

What did your Burse ancestors do for a living?

In 1939, Cowman and Unpaid Domestic Duties were the top reported jobs for men and women in the UK named Burse. 86% of Burse women worked as an Unpaid Domestic Duties.

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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 1939

  • Cowman

Top Female Occupations in 1939

  • Unpaid Domestic Duties
  • Unpaid Household Duties
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Census Records

There are 7,000 census records available for the last name Burse. Like a window into their day-to-day life, Burse 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 436 immigration records available for the last name Burse. 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 Cards

There are 993 military records available for the last name Burse. For the veterans among your Burse ancestors, military collections provide insights into where and when they served, and even physical descriptions.

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What is the average Burse lifespan?

Between 1960 and 2004, in the United States, Burse life expectancy was at its lowest point in 1960, and highest in 1987. The average life expectancy for Burse in 1960 was 49, and 67 in 2004.

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