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Type Surname (from occupation)
Usage German
Other Forms FormsBuermeister; Burmester; Buermester

Meaning & History

North German: status name for the mayor or chief magistrate of a town, from Middle Low German bur ‘inhabitant, dweller’, ‘neighbor’, ‘peasant’, ‘citizen’ + mester ‘master’.
Added 5/10/2014 by LMS
Edited 5/15/2014 by LMS