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Bury Surname Meaning

English (Lancashire): habitational name from Bury in Lancashire (now part of Greater Manchester) or from some other similarly named place. The placename comes from the dative case byrig of Old English burh ‘fortified place’. Walloon and French: habitational name from any of several places so named in Wallonia (Belgium) and Oise (France). The placename is from Buriacum the name of a Gallo-Roman estate composed of the personal name Burius + the locative suffix -acum. This surname is also found in the Flemish part of Belgium. South German: variant of Buri . Polish and Sorbian; Czech (also Burý) and Slovak (also Búry): descriptive nickname from bury burý ‘(dark) gray’.

Source: Dictionary of American Family Names 2nd edition, 2022

Similar surnames: Bucy, Bur, Burgy, Berry, Dury, Burg, Burr, Ury, Burt, Burry

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Where is the Bury family from?

You can see how Bury families moved over time by selecting different census years. The Bury family name was found in the USA, the UK, Canada, and Scotland between 1840 and 1920. The most Bury families were found in United Kingdom in 1891. In 1891 there were 1,449 Bury families living in Lancashire. This was about 64% of all the recorded Bury's in United Kingdom. Lancashire had the highest population of Bury families in 1891.
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What did your Bury ancestors do for a living?

In 1939, Cotton Weaver and Unpaid Domestic Duties were the top reported jobs for men and women in the United Kingdom named Bury. 20% of Bury men worked as a Cotton Weaver and 58% of Bury women worked as an Unpaid Domestic Duties. Some less common occupations for Americans named Bury were Incapacitated and Incapacitated. .

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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

  • Cotton Weaver
  • General Labourer
  • Retired
  • Incapacitated

Top Female Occupations In 1939

  • Unpaid Domestic Duties
  • Cotton Weaver
  • Private Means
  • Incapacitated
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There are 8,000 military records available for the last name Bury. For the veterans among your Bury ancestors, military collections provide insights into where and when they served, and even physical descriptions.

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What is the average Bury lifespan?

Between 1948 and 2004, in the United States, Bury life expectancy was at its lowest point in 1955, and highest in 2004. The average life expectancy for Bury in 1948 was 45, and 80 in 2004.

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