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The origins of the name Burgess are in the Old French/Middle English word "burgeis," which denoted a freeman of a fortified town. Generally, the name made its way to England with the Normans, and then across to Ireland, but it in some cases it may have crossed directly from England to Ireland. In Irish Gaelic, the name has been written "Brugha."

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The surname Burgess was first found in County Wexford (Irish: Loch Garman), founded by Vikings as Waesfjord, and located in Southeastern Ireland, in the province of Leinster, where one named Burgess was a witness to the Charter of Rosbercon in New Ross. In 1420, another Burgess was recorded as an assessor for County Kildare. In Dublin, records include many references to the name Burgess.

Spelling variations of this family name include: Burgess, Burys and others.


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This web page shows only a small excerpt of our Burgess research. Another 49 words (4 lines of text) covering the years 168 and 1681 are included under the topic Early Burgess History in all our PDF Extended History products and printed products wherever possible.

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Notable amongst the family name at this time was Daniel Burgess, a Dublin priest in 1681, who was notorious for his attacks on the Quakers. Henry Burgess, the sheriff of Kilkenny...

Another 31 words (2 lines of text) are included under the topic Early Burgess Notables in all our PDF Extended History products and printed products wherever possible.

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Some of the first settlers of this family name were:

Burgess Settlers in United States in the 17th Century

  • Joane Burgess, who landed in Maryland in 1638
  • Alexander Burgess, who arrived in New England in 1651-1652
  • Joseph Burgess, who landed in Virginia in 1652
  • Robert Burgess, who landed in Virginia in 1652

Burgess Settlers in United States in the 18th Century

  • Richard Burgess, who landed in Virginia in 1700
  • Tho Burgess, who arrived in Virginia in 1704
  • Eliz Burgess, who landed in Virginia in 1704
  • Edward Burgess, who arrived in Virginia in 1712
  • Thomas Burgess, who arrived in Virginia in 1714
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Burgess Settlers in United States in the 19th Century

  • Robert Burgess, who arrived in America in 1805
  • Samuel Burgess, who arrived in Washington County, Pennsylvania in 1840
  • George Burgess, who arrived in Allegany (Allegheny) County, Pennsylvania in 1847
  • Ann and George Burgess, who arrived in Boston in 1847
  • Alexander Burgess jumped ship, the "Royal George," and settled at Witless Bay in 1847
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Burgess Settlers in United States in the 20th Century

  • W Burgess, who landed in Arkansas in 1905

Burgess Settlers in Canada in the 18th Century

  • Mr. Benjamin Burgess U.E who settled in St. Andrews, Charlotte County, New Brunswick c. 1783 was part of the Port Matoon Association
  • Mr. John Burgess U.E who settled in Canada c. 1783
  • Patrick Burgess settled in St. Mary's, Newfoundland, in 1792

Burgess Settlers in Canada in the 19th Century

  • Daniel Burgess and his wife and their eight children, who settled in Prescott, Ontario in 1825
  • Daniel Burgess and his wife Avice settled in Prescott, Ontario, in 1825 with their seven children
  • Arthur Burgess, who immigrated to Quebec in 1850
  • Henry Burgess, who landed in Esquimalt, British Columbia in 1862

Burgess Settlers in Australia in the 19th Century

  • Thomas S. Burgess, a joiner, arrived in Van Diemen’s Land (now Tasmania) sometime between 1825 and 1832
  • James Burgess, a baker, arrived in Van Diemen’s Land (now Tasmania) sometime between 1825 and 1832
  • Henry Burgess arrived in Adelaide, Australia aboard the ship "Planter" in 1839
  • William Burgess arrived in Adelaide, Australia aboard the ship "Fairlee" in 1840
  • Elizabeth Burgess arrived in Adelaide, Australia aboard the ship "Fairlee" in 1840
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Burgess Settlers in New Zealand in the 19th Century

  • Thomas Burgess landed in Bay of Islands, New Zealand in 1840
  • Isaac James Burgess landed in Auckland, New Zealand in 1840
  • W B Burgess landed in Wellington, New Zealand in 1840 aboard the ship Oriental
  • W. B. Burgess, aged 30, arrived in Port Nicholson aboard the ship "Oriental" in 1840
  • Mary Burgess, aged 38, a servant, arrived in Wellington, New Zealand aboard the ship "Phoebe Dunbar" in 1841850
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  • Sharna Burgess, American actress, known for her wok on Dancing with the Stars
  • Jessie S. Burgess, American politician, Member of Michigan Prohibition Party State Central Committee, 1951-53
  • John Burgess, American politician, U.S. Consular Agent in Athlone, 1898-1905
  • John A. Burgess, American Democrat politician, Candidate for supervisor of Livonia Township, Michigan, 1949
  • John F. Burgess, American politician, Mayor of Salina, Kansas, 1983-84
  • John G. Burgess, American politician, U.S. Consular Agent in Kempt, 1898
  • John L. Burgess, American Republican politician, Candidate for U.S. Representative from Texas 11th District, 1976, 1978
  • John S. Burgess, American Republican politician, Candidate in primary for Vermont State Attorney General, 1962
  • Joy B. Burgess, American politician, Mayor of Milwaukie, Oregon, 1980-84
  • K. B. Burgess, American Republican politician, Delegate to Republican National Convention from Texas, 1940
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Burgess Historic Events



Empress of Ireland

  • Mrs. Susan Burgess (1854-1914), née Robertson Canadian Second Class Passenger from Hamilton, Ontario, Canada who was traveling aboard the Empress of Ireland and died in the sinking on May 29th 1914

Halifax Explosion

  • Mr. Theodore Harding  Burgess (1869-1917), Canadian resident from Halifax, Nova Scotia, Canada who died in the Halifax Explosion on 6th December 1917
  • Master Frederick  Burgess (1917-1917), Canadian resident from Halifax, Nova Scotia, Canada who died in the Halifax Explosion on 6th December 1917
  • Mr. Adam  Burgess (1880-1917), Canadian resident from Halifax, Nova Scotia, Canada who died in the Halifax Explosion on 6th December 1917

HMAS Sydney II

  • Mr. William Robert Burgess (1922-1941), Australian Signalman from Tuggerah Lakes, New South Wales, Australia, who sailed into battle aboard HMAS Sydney II on the 19th November 1941 and died during the sinking

HMS Hood

  • Mr. Henry Burgess (b. 1921), Scottish Warrant Ordnance Officer serving for the Royal Navy from Carlisle, Cumberland, Scotland, who sailed into battle on the HMS Hood and died on 24th May 1941 in the sinking

HMS Repulse

  • Mr. Geoffrey Haydn Burgess, English Marine from Ryecroft, England, who sailed into battle on the HMS Repulse and survived the sinking

RMS Lusitania

  • Mr. Henry George Burgess, English 1st Class Passenger from Bradford, England, who sailed aboard the RMS Lusitania and survived the sinking

RMS Titanic

  • Mr. Charles Reginald Burgess, aged 18, English Extra Third Baker from Southampton, Hampshire who worked aboard the RMS Titanic and survived the sinking by escaping in life boat 15
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  • The Burgess Family by Harol Donal Burgess.
  • Burgess, Mullins, Browning, Brown and Allied Families by James A. Burgess.
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Citations



    Other References

    1. Best, Hugh. Debrett's Texas Peerage. New York: Coward-McCann, 1983. Print. (ISBN 069811244X).
    2. Fairbairn. Fairbain's book of Crests of the Families of Great Britain and Ireland, 4th Edition 2 volumes in one. Baltimore: Heraldic Book Company, 1968. Print.
    3. Hickey, D.J. and J.E. Doherty. A New Dictionary of Irish History form 1800 2nd Edition. Dublin: Gil & MacMillian, 2003. Print.
    4. Sullivan, Sir Edward. The Book of Kells 3rd Edition. New York: Crescent Books, 1986. Print. (ISBN 0-517-61987-3).
    5. Bolton, Charles Knowles. Bolton's American Armory. Baltimore: Heraldic Book Company, 1964. Print.
    6. Egle, William Henry. Pennsylvania Genealogies Scotch-Irish and German. Harrisburg: L.S. Hart, 1886. Print.
    7. Fitzgerald, Thomas W. Ireland and Her People A Library of Irish Biography 5 Volumes. Chicago: Fitzgerald. Print.
    8. O'Hart, John. Irish Pedigress 5th Edition in 2 Volumes. Baltimore: Genealogical Publishing, 1976. Print. (ISBN 0-8063-0737-4).
    9. Colletta, John P. They Came In Ships. Salt Lake City: Ancestry, 1993. Print.
    10. Somerset Fry, Peter and Fiona Somerset Fry. A History of Ireland. New York: Barnes and Noble, 1993. Print. (ISBN 1-56619-215-3).
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