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Type Surname (from location)
Usage English

Meaning & History

Topographic name for someone who lived by a hill or tumulus, Old English "beorg", a cognate of Old High German berg "hill", ‘mountain’ (see Berg). This name has become confused with derivatives of Old English burh ‘fort’ (see Burke). Reaney suggests a further derivation from Old English bur ‘bower’ + hus ‘house’.

Dictionary of American Family Names, Oxford University Press
Added 3/22/2011 by Paxseko
Edited 10/14/2023 by Felie