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Bury Name Meaning

English: habitational name from Bury in Lancashire (now part of Greater Manchester), or from some other similarly named place. The place name comes from the dative case, byrig, of Old English burh ‘fortified place’. Compare Burke, originally used after a preposition (e.g. Richard atte Bery). French: habitational name from places so named in Marne and Oise. The place name is from Buriacum, the name of a Gallo-Roman estate, composed of the personal name Burius + the locative suffix -acum. German: probably a variant spelling of Buri. According to Gottschald, however, it is from French Purry. Czech (Burý): topographic name from bur ‘pine wood’. Czech (Burý): descriptive nickname from burý ‘dark’.

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

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 the UK in 1891. In 1911 there were 71 Bury families living in Ontario. This was about 50% of all the recorded Bury's in Canada. Ontario had the highest population of Bury families in 1911.
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What did your Bury ancestors do for a living?

In 1921, Farmer and Housekeeper were the top reported jobs for men and women in the CA named Bury. 54% of Bury men worked as a Farmer and 25% of Bury women worked as a Housekeeper. Some less common occupations for Americans named Bury were Agent and Teacher.

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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 1921

  • Farmer
  • Carpenter
  • Labourer
  • Agent

Top Female Occupations in 1921

  • Housekeeper
  • Operator
  • Clerk
  • Teacher
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Passenger Lists

There are 7,000 immigration records available for the last name Bury. 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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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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