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 Family Origin

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Burr Family Occupations

What did your Burr ancestors do for a living?

In 1921, Farmer and Stenographer were the top reported jobs for men and women in the CA named Burr. 50% of Burr men worked as a Farmer and 32% of Burr women worked as a Stenographer. Some less common occupations for Americans named Burr were Farmers Son and Teacher

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Top Male Occupations in 1921

  • Farmer
    50%
  • Laborer
    11%
  • Labourer
    10%
  • Farmers Son
    4%

Top Female Occupations in 1921

  • Stenographer
    32%
  • Income
    20%
  • Housewife
    12%
  • Teacher
    12%

*We display top occupations by gender to maintain their historical accuracy during times when men and women often performed different jobs.

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 Canada, 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

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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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