First name origin & meaning:

Old English: Free citizen; shopkeeper

First name variations: Bergess, Bergen, Birgess, Burges, Burgiss, Byrgess, Burgess

Last name origins & meanings:

  1. German (also Bürg): topographic name, from Middle High German burc ‘fortification’, ‘castle’, or a habitational name from any of the numerous places called Burg.
  2. German: from a short form of the personal name Burkhard (see Burkhart).
  3. Dutch: short form of Vanderburg.
  4. Dutch: from a short form of the Germanic personal name Burgo.
  5. Jewish: variant of Burger.
  6. Probably in some cases an altered spelling of Burgh.
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